Kawiyagan for Women’s Month features 28 coops, 37 vendors
At least 28 cooperatives and 37 vendors have been showcased in another round of Kawiyagan hosted by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and the local government here together with the development partners, including the Raheemah Peace Weavers Producer Cooperative, Save the Children Philippines, World Vision Philippines, Philippine Business for Social Progress and Fundacion Concordia y Libertad, among others.
Raheemah Peace Weavers Producer Cooperative’s Sittie Aishah Baicon Cayongcat Nusca shared that in this second round of Kawiyagan, a trade fair majorly organized by them was held giving spotlight to women behind the major actions constituting the overall Kawiyagan.
She said the event came out festive with the presence of the cooperatives, vendors and many more individuals who came to participate as they were encouraged to do so, such as the vendors who were found along the streets selling palapa and other basic commodities.
Nusca further stated that in this initiative backed by her organization, everyone will see women as traders, supporting different economic activities and spearheading crucial activities like the culmination of Kawiyagan.
She expounded that this is part as well of their continued effort and commitment to ensuring that they are able to bring peace as they provide opportunities for every woman and other vulnerable sectors in the society to produce more local producer cooperatives.
With the affair taking place as planned, Nusca expressed her contentment that their overall mission of magnifying women was upheld.
“It is actually so fulfilling. You can just see the smile, fun and fulfillment of every woman around. I am also very happy that there are very supportive men around to help us survive and accomplish all of these at kasama doon ang aming tatay sa [and that include our father in] Task Force Bangon Marawi and the local chief executive of this city,” she said.
Nusca conveyed her thankfulness to the fellow humanitarian organization who stood along with them in raising the banner of betterment of the society.
She likewise urged the women’s sector to continue striving in life as they will be assured of brighter days ahead.
“Raheemah is very thankful to all its partners for the trust and for allowing us to call on you to provide a marketing platform for our local producers… Sa ating mga kababaihan, huwag tayong mawalan ng pag-asa. Basta magpursige lang tayo, Inshallah [To our women, do not lose hope. As long as we persevere, if God wills it], everything will be fine in the future,” said Nusca.
This month’s Kawiyagan lasted for three days starting March 27 to 29 this year bearing the theme, “Siyap Ko Manga Bae, Siyap Ko Pagtaw.” (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)