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FEATURE: Maito a tinda sa Saduc: From loss to recovery

When their family returned to Marawi after the five-month siege in 2017, Asnairah Edris and Minda Magdara knew that they would be left with nothing. No homes, no jobs, and no livelihood to pull-up. 

The Islamic State-inspired militants displaced most of the city’s 200,000 residents which tore Marawi to a dreadful economic loss.

The liberation of Marawi City on October 17 started an era of rebuilding a new, peaceful and inclusive Maranao community.

From then on, the government has vigorously worked shoulder-to-shoulder with the agencies of Business and Livelihood sub-committee of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and its partner humanitarian organizations in providing sustainable livelihood and income opportunities to the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

One step at a time

To help the women of the Saduc community to gain a sustainable livelihood, they were given grocery merchandise or best known as ‘maito a tinda’- a Maranao term for sari-sari store.

Edris and Magdara are members of the Saduc Riverside IDPs Consumers Cooperative organized by the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT).

UN HABITAT provided Php1.6 million worth assistance to the cooperative composed of a Bongo truck, inventory, operational expenses, labor and wages.

The cooperative is also a beneficiary of Balay Integrated Rehabilitation Center for Total Human Development (BIRTHDEV) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

“Ang Birthdev ay naghanap ng isang livelihood na napatayo na at pwede nilang matulungan, at napili kami,” Edris recalls. 

(The Birthdev looked for an established livelihood that they can help and sponsor, and we were chosen.)

Edris adds that aside from the grocery merchandise, they were also given sacks of rice by DTI, cash by DSWD for the LAA, and permanent  shelters of UN-Habitat.

Magdara, on the other hand, received a sewing machine from DTI, exclaiming that she enjoys sewing from then on.

The two women share the liking of a buy and sell enterprise which brings them together in operating the sari-sari store owned by the cooperative.

With their store open, the cooperative is earning income again, and not just relying on financial aid given by the government. 

“Bago pa nag-announce na mag-lockdown dahil sa pandemic, may benta na kami na Php50,000 per day. Ngayon medyo matumal na [dahil sa pandemic], minsan Php10,000 o Php5,000 nalang,” said Edris. (Before the lockdown due to the pandemic, we are earning Php50,000 per day. Today it slackens because of the pandemic, we only earn Php10,000 or sometimes Php5,000.)

Braiding business attitude and resiliency

Because of the sari-sari store’s limited capacity, it will carry only what’s fast-moving and essential. This brings light to a more positive Edris and Magdara in continuing the livelihood program sponsored by the government.

Magdara emphasized to her fellow IDPs the essence of working hard and patience. She also stressed out the importance of small beginnings in achieving greater outcomes.

Edris is eager to move forward with the cooperative. She also urged her fellow IDPs to strive and develop the government relief given to them.

“Wala ka talagang kikitain kung hindi ka talaga masipag, kailangan ka talagang gumalaw,” said Edris. 

(You will not earn if you will not work hard, you need to work for it.)

Both are in hopes that the small enterprise would help Marawi’s economic recovery in time.

The sari-sari store kits are sponsored by the DTI through the Negosyo Centers to aid qualified IDPs in restoring and improving their businesses. (KAPS/PIA-ICIC)

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