In unity, there is prosperity.
Go Negosyo has proven this time and time again, and as we launched the KAPATID program last August 1, we aim to achieve the same result: prosperity for all.
This is where the tagline “Angat Lahat” comes in.
KAPATID is Go Negosyo’s initiative in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry to strengthen the mentorship program for micro and small entrepreneurs and link them to the value chain of medium and large corporations through inclusive business models.
The term “Kapatid” is the Tagalog term for “siblings.” Go Negosyo used this word to show the Filipinos passion to help their families.
More than 600 people joined us as we celebrate the partnership of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry for this project. Members of the entrepreneur community, legislators, government representatives, and partner organizations expressed their support for the mission.
We were also joined by the young, micro and small entrepreneurs from our US-Embassy Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW) Program and the first batch of mentees of the Kapatid flagship component called the Mentor Me Program from Negosyo Centers in Mandaluyong and Calamba; selected micro entrepreneurs from Cavite and Batangas who needed the support to level up their businesses also graced the event.
The attendees were able to catch a glimpse of the lives of three microentrepreneurs that KAPATID aims to help:
Aling Yoly is one of the micro entrepreneurs we interviewed for Kapatid. She is a vendor and cultivator of oysters and mussels for 33 years which has helped their family in their everyday needs. With a starting capital of 10,000 pesos, she started the business even with limited knowledge and training for it. If we can connect Aling Yoly to a food manufacturer who needs oysters, even with 1% contribution to the supply, she can have a more sustainable income.
Freddie of Batangas who is a farmer can be enrolled in a mentoring session for farmers with other farmers in their region. With the support of agri-entrepreneurs such as Henry Lim Bon Liong (SL Agritech) or Joseph Calata (Calata Corporation) who can give mentoring and capacity building trainings, then they can be equipped with knowledge on how they can multiply their productivity, innovate farming system, and develop farming techniques.
Macario Macaraig, a wooden handicrafts manufacturer, can be linked to souvenir shops. He can also be enrolled in a mentoring session for creativity and innovation.
The highlight of the event was the forum on inclusive growth which featured legislators – Sen. Bam Aquino, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Sonny Angara, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Win Gatchalian. Sen. Cynthia Villar was also present in the Kapatid launch.
In totality, the launch is a success after receiving outpouring support for Kapatid. All were eager and ready to help micro and small entrepreneurs. I am so glad that all our entrepreneurs are ready to answer to the call of action.
With the support of DTI, and the other partner organizations and hopefully, more government departments, we can all achieve the goal of inclusive growth!