THE kariton livelihood project for the poor recently launched by the Mambulao government was a failure.
Called Sulong pangkabuhahyan sa Kariton, this project folded up after only three months on the run. It was launched sometime last June.
A source from the local government said only two beneficiaries out of the first 10 who operated under the project were able to sustain their small business activities, usually vending foodstuff on the push cart provided by the LGU.
The other eight failed to make their businesses work and went “bankrupt”, according to a source at the municipal livelihood unit.
It was gathered that the family with the failed business misused the money by spending it on things unrelated to the livelihood project .
Each of the 10 beneficiaries, who are poor, were provided a seed capital of P2,000, which they used to buy materials for their food vending project.
But before they were given out the seed capital, they underwent seminars on small business operations food handling and hygiene.
Because of this, Mayor Ricarte “Dong” Padilla decided to transfer the P40,000 raised by MWBuzz from overseas Mambulaons to the newly-formed cooperative, the Mambulao Multi-purpose Cooperative (MMPC).
Overseas Mambulaoans donated the money to help fund the “kariton” project.
The funds will be used to support the co-op’s livelihood program that it intends to launch sometime next year for qualified members residing in Mambulao.
MMPC will soon do a feasibility study on how to effectively use the funds donated by overseas Mambulaoans.