Eleven Pantawid Pamilya mothers passionate about cooking merged their skills and built their own catering business which they called Nanay’s Catering Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association formerly Mother’s Best Club SLPA.
Association President Letecia G. Monis, 55, said, “Noon ay isa lang akong trabahador. Ngayon ay may nabuo na kaming sariling negosyo at ako pa ang napili ng mga kasamahan ko na mamuno nito (I was just an employee before. Now, we have already established our own business and I was also chosen by my co-workers to be the manager).”
Letecia reported that they have already offered catering services to the different municipalities in the Provinces of La Union and Pangasinan, government agencies, and private events, as well, since they launched their business in November 2015 during the SLP PaskuJuan where they were the food service provider. They were also invited to showcase their menu in various product exhibits and trade fairs. From then on, they have been able to earn to buy additional cooking utensils.
These Pantawid Pamilya mothers finished a 15-day school-based course on Cookery National Certificate II at La Finns Scholastica, Inc.; this marked their business venture, which even boomed when they were conferred with PhilGeps Certificate, DTI and BIR Registration, City Permit, and Food Handler Certification.
The SLP of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 provided Nanay’s Catering with Php32,500.00 start up capital. La Finns Scholastica also solicited funds to assist them with their catering needs. Likewise, the City Government of San Fernando awarded Php1,000.00 to each member during their graduation.
In less than a year, the association has accumulated savings amounting to Php30,000.00 and a revolving fund of Php20,000.00.
With the direct supervision of DSWD’s SLP, Nanay’s Catering continues to flourish while providing clean, safe, and mouth-watering dishes to their clients. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)