As the Livelihood Pillar continues to energize its program participants, a Hacienda Bakery Learning Trip was arranged by SIFI last June 14, 2019 for its new batch of livelihood beneficiaries. The exposure trip was led by SIFI Livelihood Officer Cristina May Poblador, who assembled 11 participants coming from 4 ARB organizations. Two groups were from Bago— Binubuhan ARB Farmworkers Association (BBARBFA) and Brgy. Don Jorge L. Araneta ARC (BDJLAARC). Two were from Pontevedra— Integrated Sugarcane and Rice Farmers and Workers Association (ISARFAWA) and Cusi Farmworkers and Farmers Association (CUFFA).
Assisting this new group of bakery learners was the SIFI veteran group of Casal-agan ARC from Pontevedra which started its bakery operations way back in 2017. CARC gave a presentation to the neophyte bakers, sharing their stories, struggles and experiences. This was followed by a tour of the bakery and product sampling, which served as an inspiration to the new batch of livelihood beneficiaries.
The trip served to educate the participants regarding bakery operations, create an effective track for the implementation of the business and learn the tasks to running a stable and viable business with full commitment from the organization.