City gov’t sees potential of Oro-made abaca shoes

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


ANOTHER small enterprise by Xavier University students that proudly sells Kagay-anon products has caught the interest of the city government.

Knots and Woods is a social enterprise that served as a feasibility study for students and also a livelihood program for unemployed mothers in Barangay Puerto here.

Residents Joby Velez, 44 and Josetten Sale, 30 admitted to being grateful for the livelihood project.

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“Naa ra baya mi sa balay tibuok adlaw. Walay buhaton. Maayo nga naa ni kay naa sad mi panginabuhi naa mi'y kwarta (This livelihood is a good thing since we just stay at home all day with nothing else to do),” Sale said, while busy making a canvass for the abaca shoes.

According to her, there are around 10 to 15 workers and they only need to hit a monthly quota.

“Okay kayo kay naa diri sa amoa duol ang trabaho. Dili layo sa among panimalay (What’s better is that we only work near our homes),” she added.

In partnership with the City Social Welfare Department (CWSD), Knots and Woods aims to endorse their business to big names in the city.

“We would like to partner with government sectors that can help us promote our local product and also souvenir shops that sell Cagayan de Oro-made clothing. Our shoes and sandals will be a great addition to their apparels,” Princess Ubay-ubay said.

Ubay-ubay, Charity Almeda, Sarsi Yasay, Janessa Mahusay, Bernaderre Pepito, Roland Gironilla, and Ralp Gonzales are 4th year Business Administration students and founders of Knots and Woods.

According to the group, their initial idea was to sell notebooks, however, they wanted to offer a more unique and stylish product to young professionals, thus, durable and well-made Abaca footwear that does not only serve as their assurance to pass their subject, but gives them an opportunity for entrepreneurship and gives mothers of barangay Puerto a chance to earn.

Knots and Woods does not only offer livelihood to the community. It also conducts values formation and financial literacy programs, and skills enhancement trainings to its recipient community.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city government and Knots and Woods was signed last March 2014 with the presence of City Mayor Oscar Moreno officially stating that the city supports the product under CSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

The project, according to the city government, is in line with Mayor Moreno’s 8-point agenda project which is poverty alleviation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 30, 2014.

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