crochet01Part of the thrust of Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante’s leadership is improving the lives of the residents through livelihood programs. Seeing the high demand for crochet products, the Municipal Government of Dalaguete (MGD) initiated a CROCHET TRAINING as part of its livelihood programs. MGD had linkage with Senior Experten Service (SES)-Germany through its Philippine Representative, Mr. Conrado Pono. Founded in 1983, SES is the foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation (Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) composed of retired volunteers who are specialists in different fields such as agriculture, embroidery, crochet, knitting and wood processing. While financially independent, these experts pass on their knowledge and skills to groups of people or organizations in more than 150 different countries.

crochet03The CROCHET TRAINING was conducted on October 23-November 12, 2013 by Ms. Christel Sonntag-Augenstein at MANRO Training Hall. The activity was aimed to empower women who are interested and have the passion for crochet. Participants were trained on the basics of crochet, different patterns, variations of crochet, crochet styles, different stitches as well as proper handling of crochet products. There were two sessions – 8:00A.M. to 12:00 noon for the first batch and 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. for the second batch. Initially, there were 162 people (161 female and 1 male) who signified their intent to join the training. However, because of the October 15 earthquake and the aftershocks that have happened thereafter, there were only 54 trainees who participated in the first few days of the training and the total number of trainees who received the certificates of completion on November 12 was 30.
crochet02The training was conducted to the participants for free and the Municipal Government of Dalaguete (MGD) shouldered the cost for the crochet hooks and yarn. MGD also provide for the training venue as well as the service vehicle for Ms. Augenstein while her meals and accommodation expenses were shouldered by SES.

crochet04The participants were thankful not only because of what they have learned from the training but also on MGD’s plan to assist the group through capacity building, marketing and financial assistance. As the group plans to recruit new members who will be given the Basic Crochet Traning, continuous training will be undertaken to enhance the crochet skills of the graduate-trainees. A focal person was hired to assist the group in the production and marketing of its crochet products. Likewise, with the assistance of MGD Consultant, Mr. Paul Llido, marketing will be strengthened through linkage with relevant private companies. While the association aims to become self-sufficient, MGD plans to extend financial assistance for the group as start-up capital. 

The graduate-trainees are very optimistic that with hard work and commitment coupled with MGD’s guidance during the first few years of their business operations, the Dalaguete Crochet Association (DaCAs) will succeed and attain its goals and objectives thereby improving the quality of life of all the members.

Vielen herzlichen dank Ms. Christel Sonntag-Augenstein and SES-Germany!

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