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The Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. (SIFI) in partnership with Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation, Inc. distributed 360 boxes of cake mix to 7 hacienda bakeries owned by agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBO) in Negros Occidental last July 13 – 16, 2021.

The donated cake mixes were intended to be an additional source of income to the hacienda bakeries.

SWEET TREATS. Cupcakes sold by Viscaya ARC Hacienda Bakery in Pontevedra. Each cupcake is sold at P8 each.

“This new product we introduced is a big help because it added to our sales since they’re not hard to sell. We plan to improve and enhance this product in the coming days to make our bakery grow. We would like to say thank you to SIFI for the new product they gave us and for helping our bakery grow,” Alexander Canto, Chair of Nabinay ARC Cadiz, said.

Nabinay ARC Cadiz was able to sell 853 pieces of cupcakes for 5 pesos each with a total sales amounting to P4,265. Nabinay ARC’s hacienda bakery was established in 2017.

SWEET PREP. SIFI Livelihood Officer Cristina Poblador (R demonstrating how the cupcake mix is prepared to baker-in-training Marly Ca-alim (L) of ESTELA ARC, La Carlota.

“The product added income to our bakery since they are attracted to the product. We are planning to sell the cupcakes in the neighboring farms in the following days,” Hiyasmen Gabales, Treasurer of CASAL-AGAN ARC in Pontevedra said.

She added that they are really thankful to SIFI and NVC for the help they received because it added to their income as well as capital for their business.

The Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation, Inc. was established in August 2010 in Bacolod City, Philippines, to harness the power of private citizens to create positive and lasting change in their communities, towns and cities, and the country.

SWEET PREP. Marley, baker-in-training of Estela ARC in La Carlota, preparing to bake the chocolate cupcakes made from the cake mix.

ICING ON TOP. Chocolate cupcakes with icing sold by Estela ARC Hacienda Bakery.

BIRTHDAY CAKE. Fully decorated birthday cake made using the cake mix as its base by Viscaya ARC in Pontevedra.