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DTI KMME empowers womenpreneurs

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- A total of nine women entrepreneurs in the province graduated from the recently-held Kapatid Mentor Me- Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

These nine women representing different lines of businesses from Antique joined this year’s Batch 2 of Region VI KMME-MME Online, according to DTI Antique Information Officer Jenny Tabalanza.

Nine women entrepreneurs finish Kapatid Mentor Me- Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) program.*(Photo courtesy of DTI Antique)

Meanwhile, Celina D. Ningas, Treasurer of DMPC-Gad's Best Food Products and one of the mentees for this batch, shared insights on how she got empowered by the modules and discussion during the online session.

“I really learned a lot in the preparation of the Business Model Canvas (BMC),” said Ningas.

She added that the training has given her more inspiration and hope that she can make her business grow.

KMME-MME is a 10-module mentorship and coaching program that optimizes weekly face-to-face interactions between the mentors and the mentees online with the key goal of boosting the entrepreneurial capacity through improved access to mentorship, money, and market.

The program was launched on May 5, 2023. It has a regular schedule of mentorship which is twice a week until July 16, 2023, in order to cover the 10 module topics.

KMME graduate Celina Ningas beams with pride and happiness as she graduates from KMME-MME. *(Photo courtesy of DTI Antique)

Topics include Entrepreneurial Mindset and Values Formation, Marketing Mindset, Business Model Canvas, Operations Management, Digitalization, Supply and Value Chain, Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Product Development, Market Expansion and Internationalization, and Good Governance.

As a requirement for their completion, these mentees presented their Business Improvement Plans (BIP) before the respected pool of panelists composed of different stakeholders from the government sector, certified PCE mentor, online market platform, and financial partners.

The BIP presentation covers the mentee’s brief history of the business, products, services, brands, accomplished business model canvas, operations/production, organizational, marketing, and financial improvement plans.

After their presentation, Melissa Dianne C. Pediapco, Manager of Onyx Sales Center was chosen as the topnotcher.

Products of Kapatid Mentor Me graduates. *(Photo courtesy of DTI Antique)

Another successful mentee is Analie Jane P. Laraño, Audit Committee of Bulalacao, Calo-oy, Tula-Tula, Sikap Organization (BCTSO), who also shared practical insights on how the training could help the members of their organization.

Laraño pointed out that this mentoring session has helped a lot in their organization’s financial management, upgrading of products, and establishment of market linkages.

The members of the BCTSO are small upland farmers who are into coffee farming, peanut production, and other high-value crops in the uplands of Sibalom, Antique.

Other women KMME-MME graduates are Salvacion Ramos, Manager/ Baker of Wooden Spoon Cakes and Pastries; Mailyn B. Montaño, Manager of Goldensun Coconut Farmers Producers Cooperative; and Amelia Teresa C. Lorenzo, Owner of Ponya Minerals Inc.

Also, part of the team is Jenilyn S. Tarroja, Owner of Charlotte's Party Needs; Elizabeth P. Calmacio, Manager of Elaiza Gemstone; and Mary Joy Bolinas, Owner of Cailey Ticketing Services.

After their graduation, Aben Ortega, President of KMME Association of Mentors/Mentees in Antique (KAMI Antique), welcomed the new members of the group to build more market linkages and partnerships. (AGP/PSM/PIA Antique)

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