CDA Region IV-B EO

Unleashing Potential: The Success Story of Abra de Ilog Sewer’s Producers Cooperative

Nestled in the heart of So. Shekinah, Barangay Tibag, Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro, there was a micro cooperative named Abra de Ilog Sewer’s Producers Cooperative. This cooperative was formed by a group of passionate and hardworking individuals from the indigenous peoples and pure tagalog in the area, who shared a common vision of uplifting their community through sustainable development and economic prosperity.
In the early days, the cooperative faced numerous challenges. Limited resources, lack of infrastructure, and limited access to markets were just a few of the obstacles standing in their way. However, the members of Abra de Ilog Sewer’s Producers Cooperative were determined to overcome these hurdles and create a brighter future for themselves and their families.

One of the cooperative’s best practices was the implementation of efficient management of resources, both human and financial. Recognizing the importance of effective leadership, they elected a dedicated board of directors who possessed a deep understanding of the community’s needs and aspirations. These leaders worked tirelessly to develop a comprehensive plan that would enable the cooperative to thrive.
First and foremost, the cooperative focused on empowering its members through education and training programs. They organized workshops and seminars on various topics such as financial literacy and marketing strategies. By equipping their members with knowledge and skills, the cooperative ensured that everyone had an equal opportunity to contribute and succeed.

Financial management was also a top priority for the cooperative. They established transparent and accountable systems to track their income and expenses, ensuring that every peso was used wisely. Through careful planning and budgeting, they were able to allocate funds to different projects and initiatives that would benefit the entire community.
One of the cooperative’s most successful projects was the establishment of a sustainable livelihood program. Recognizing the rich potential of their abilities and talents, the members embraced technical sewing practices. They formed partnerships with local buyers and LGU, ensuring a steady market for their produce.
As the cooperative’s reputation grew, so did their success. They are now expanding their operation; they also want to add their membership and generate more income for the cooperative.

With their newfound prosperity, they were able to invest in infrastructure development, improving working area for their members.
The success of Abra de Ilog Sewer’s Producers Cooperative did not go unnoticed. Their story inspired other communities in the municipality, the province as well as the whole region to follow their lead and establish similar cooperatives. The cooperative became a symbol of hope and resilience, showcasing the power of collective action and sustainable management.

Today, the cooperative stands tall as a shining example of success. Through their efficient management of resources, they have transformed their community, improving the lives of countless individuals. The members of Abra de Ilog Sewer’s Producers Cooperative continue to work hand in hand, united by their shared vision of a better future. Their story serves as a reminder that with determination, dedication, and effective resource management, any community can rise above adversity and achieve great success.