126 women- entrepreneurs graduated from S3TAR program

March 13, 2013 10:49 am 

MANILA, March 12 — A total of 126-women entrepreneurs graduated on Tuesday in the Sari-Sari Store Training and the Access to Resources (S3TAR) program of the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA) and Coca Cola Philippines Inc.

The women entrepreneurs came from Pasay and Manila and are the first batch of graduates from the program.

There are 1,175 graduating students for the S3TAR program and 4,600 beneficiaries currently undergoing the program.

“The key here is sustainability, because all women retailers already have their business to tend. The training revolves around ways of ensuring that women are in the right business and can make it profitable,” Sec. Joel Villanueva said in a statement.

“In terms of expansion, TESDA really help us a lot, hindi naman lalakas ang loob namin kundi dahil sa TESDA,” Gilda Patricia C. Maquilan of Coca Cola said in an interview.

They have expanded in Pasay, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Palawan, Bacolod, Ceby, Misamis Oriental and Davao.

She also mentioned that there was a request from the government of Bohol to introduce the program there.

The only requirement for applicants is that they should have a sari-sari store that has been established for at least 6 months.

After completing the program there will be a three year gestation period where Coca Cola will conduct follow up examinations in the community to see how the graduates have progressed.

Coca Cola will also provide merchandizing support for the graduates and provide a make-over to their sari-sari stores.(PNA)

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