Livelihood activities of the CHARM2 Scale Up Project continues to roll over with its implementation after the awaited livelihood assistance fund (LAF) was finally started to be downloaded to community funding institutions (CFI) for awarding to beneficiaries.
To ensure that these activities run smoothly in the coming months, the Agriculture, Agribusiness and Income Generating Aactivities (AAIGA) component of the Project held its 2nd quarter assessment at Bontoc, Mt, Province last July 17-18.
Concerned Project staff from the Project Support Office (PSO) and Provincial Coordination Office were gathered to present the status of their activities per province and discuss issues and concerns for appropriate resolutions/actions.
Status reports shows that Benguet is leading ahead in the implementation of the LAF program with the first tranche of LAF transfer already done; and they are now starting to process their second tranche. Other provinces, on the other hand, are also moving toward completing their first tranche of LAF releases to Livelihood Interest Groups (LIG) beneficiaries.
LAF releases depends on the proposed business plans of the LIGs where each tranche should be liquidated first before the following tranche will be downloaded.
Project Manager Cameron P. Odsey reminded the staff to ensure that LIG beneficiary-partners should be ready enough to implement their LAF before it will be awarded to them, otherwise, they might not be able to properly handle their funds. “But make sure we are not way behind our target plans,” he added.
The Scale Up Project covers a total of 25 LIGs and as of press time, around 4.7 million LAF were already released to CFI/LIGs for the first tranche. These LIGs are also being consistently trained and coached in managing their business.
Odsey also reminded the Benguet staff to fast track the processing of the Matching Grant to the five LIG recipients as part of the Project’s commitment. Staff from Benguet said they have already notarized four of the five matching grants and they committed to complete it as soon as possible. The matching grant recipients will later serve as learning demo sites for Scale Up beneficiaries, said Odsey.
Moreover, planned targets for the remaining two quarters of the year were also presented and finalized. Among the activities to be conducted before the year ends include skills training, trial marketing, CFI forum, product testing, launching of LIG business, among others. These activities are in in support to the LIGs to enable them to implement their businesses well and increase their capacity to sustain their livelihood activities even after the project ends by December next year.
As part of the activity, participants also visited some successful LIGs under the CHARM2 Project as a learning venue for field facilitators like them. Four LIGs from Sabangan that are doing business on coffee, swine, loom-weaving and banana chips shared their success stories where all of them are now operating and earning well from their chosen livelihood activities.// CBOrcales