Dauphine Navarro Alviar is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and worked immediately after graduation as a civil engineer in various construction firms for 8 years. In 2002, she decided to resign from her post because it keeps her away from her children. Later on, she found another fulfillment and enjoyment as she supervises their rice land and dragon fruit farm.
With only Php 150.00, Alviar founded the Abulug Dragonfruit Producers Association in 2014. The association now manufactures and retails dragon fruit shake, jams and marmalades, ice cream, ice candy, cake, and other products.
Aside from the products mentioned, the association takes pride in using farm products that come from accredited agri-tourism farm sites that produce 100% all natural and organic farm produce. Aside from products mentioned, the association also produces various fruit wines and vinegar which have different flavors such as cucumber, cashew, coconut, among others. The company practices good manufacturing by promoting health and wellness through the inherent medicinal attributes of fruits and vegetables.
In 2017, she enrolled as one of the mentees of the Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry’s program, Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME). At first, Alviar was hesitant to join the KMME program because it will take too much of her time but then she realized that it will greatly benefit her business.
According to her, Art Tabu, Cesar Crisostomo and Willy Arcilla are some of the mentors that she will not forget because of their great advice that enlightened her business mindset.
After the KMME Program, Alviar applied all her acquired skills and knowledge in marketing, networking, linking to the markets and most especially the product innovation. Currently, their products reach some parts of Luzon because of its uniqueness.
The association is pioneering a social enterprise that benefits women and their families. They are uplifting the living conditions of these stakeholders through training, seminars and also outreach activities. The association, through its women empowerment activities, stresses that women are not just farm workers but also catalyst of change and development that will lead to a more progressive economy.
Abulug Dragonfruit Producers Association has been recognized by various groups including one of the Top 40 Social Enterprises of the BPI Sinag 2018 and has been featured in the compendium of the ASEAN SME Academy entitled “Lessons from the ASEAN SME Academy” that was published in 2018. They have also been accredited as an agri-farm site by the Department of Tourism and included in fourth edition of the “2018 Directory of Farms, Tourist Farms and Learning Sites in the Philippines,” a project of the Villar SIPAG Foundation.
The Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) is a joint program of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry which aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to be held in Negosyo Centers nationwide. New batches of KMME will roll out nationwide this 2019! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME