The SLP Association of San Miguel was formalized last February 13, 2016 with 26 women from San Antonio, Zambales. Each member decided to pursue individual enterprises and were granted a seed capital amount of P10,000.00. Their individual businesses mainly comprised of fish vending and sari-sari stores since the barangay’s demographic location is situated near the coastal part of the municipality and is far from the town proper.
During one of the group’s meetings, the SLPA President, Rowena Corpus, brought up the idea of establishing an association enterprise that would provide them with additional income. Since sari-sari stores were identified as one of the profitable businesses in the barangay, the group agreed to have a Sari-Sari Store and Rice Retailing project which shall be managed by all SLPA members. To further establish their association enterprise, the SLPA secured a business permit from the barangay. Upon seeing their commitment and dedication of the SLPA in their chosen project, the Sangguniang Barangay assisted the SLPA by entering into a Memorandum of Agreement that would provide the group with a permanent site/location in the barangay for their livelihood project.
On October 14, 2018 the SLPA San Miguel started the operation of their Sari-Sari Store and Rice retailing project. The association agreed that the store will be managed and operated by the Officers.
SLP Association of San Miguel was the first and successful group enterprise of the province. The group was able to expand their horizon and understand the importance of having such enterprise that will not just benefit themselves but will also help the lives of their neighbors in such a way that they are providing easier access of their daily necessities. Furthermore, the association now has an additional financial income aside from their individual revenue.
In the forthcoming years, the association plans to expand their Sari-Sari Store into a mini-grocery or a general merchandise store wherein, they will offer more products that will address most of the resources and demands needed in their community. Furthermore, they also plan to expand their rice retailing and to tap other possible buyers and consumers from nearby barangays.
“Mangarap ng Matayog, Aramid Pakakitaan”- SLPA San Miguel
Story by: Carla Deana S. Mamaril, SLP-PMEO