Transforming failures to success


From shell buttons to native delicacies, Gabriela Jimeno, now runs her own fashion accessories shop — KGD Infinite Fashion.

Jimeno is one of the graduates of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program. At present time, KGD generated 20 jobs and opened 6 outlets all over the Zamboanga Peninsula and one outlet in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi which she launched last year. KGD Infinite Fashion has an estimated asset of P6 million.

In 1998, Jimeno and her partner ventured into shell buttons. They exported shell buttons and fashion accessories through a friend in United Kingdom. But things did not go as planned and she had to stop producing accessories.

This crisis led Gabriela to look for other ways to earn additional money. She started to sell native delicacies like kakanin and viands in different offices in Zamboanga City. Still, the income was not enough.

The following year, she braved to start making fashion accessories with only a thousand peso on hand. She realized that selling accessories in different offices in the city gave her more profit than what she earned from the previous business. She transformed that initial capital to an estimated asset of 6 million pesos as of this year.

With the intervention of the Department of Trade and Industry’s program in marketing assistance through local trade fair participation in 2002, she was invited to participate in the Mindanao Trade Expo in Davao City. Almost all of her products were sold, earning P38,000 in sales. She upgraded the quality of her raw materials after seeing the potential of the business.

Jimeno shared that she had greatly benefited from the mentoring program. She is hopeful that the lessons she got from KMME will bring her new opportunities to scale up her business.

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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 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME

Crafting entrepreneurial success


For Cesar Pasco, life was never easy especially in crafting business. After working in Saudi Arabia, he started trying to be a businessman and because of his grit and passion, he succeeded.

In year 2009, Cesar started with a capital of 250.00 and with perseverance, Sarilikha Handicrafts was established. His product lines are mostly bags, vases, mats and raw materials. It was a very challenging beginning for him due to lack of background and knowledge about business. He was not even giving much consideration on product development, operations, and human resources but despite all the hardships, he chose to continue his endeavor.

Through the help of Kapatid Mentor Me, his passion now lies beyond creating innovative and unique products. His business, according to him, is directed towards achieving more milestones including creating and producing crafted products that showcase their provinces resources. Luckily, he was also introduced by DTI Laguna to DOST Design Center Philippines.

He was also invited to exhibit his products to different trade fairs sponsored by the DTI, American Women and Manila FAME.

For Cesar, success is not just a destination but a continuous journey and a lifetime process of learning.

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Preservation of Entrepreneurial Success

Leonie Reyes of Natures Dew Enterprises (Reyes Pickle Gourmet) was one of the mentees of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program who now produces 500 bottles of crisp and delicious pickles made from fresh vegetables with six different variants.

Leonie was one of the local entrepreneurs that participated in the Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair wherein she showcased her products. Rustan’s Supermarket became interested with her product and ask her to send a proposal.

Leonie was able to apply the knowledge she got from KMME in creating business plans and to execute them properly. Her proposal was approved by the supermarket. Her products will be seen on its shelves soon.

Through KMME, Leonie learned to acquire business permits. She also excelled in the taxation module during KMME and was asked to train other aspiring SMEs on the topic.

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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 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME

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EGGstraordinary Cooperative

Judit Alday-Mangmang established Batangas Egg Producers Cooperative (BEPCO) on September 30, 2010. Department of Agriculture (DA) granted a loan worth 60 million to capitalize the Egg Cooperative.

The company started with just 10 employees but after KMME she added more than 40 employees due to the increase in demand of the products. And through KMME, Judit learned how to properly handle her employees. “With KMME, na-establish ang network to market our product,” she said.

The company also experienced challenges, one of these was to introduce the pasteurized egg in the market because people have a little knowledge about it. “But with the knowledge and skills equipped, plus the confidence gained, we tried to reach out to our ‘future clients’,” Judit said.

She created a framework for the pasteurized egg called the “EGG-O-SYSTEM”. BEPCO also consulted LGU program for their new product from pasteurized egg and it granted their request that is worth Php 200,000.

KMME had taught a lot to Judit in terms of handling the company. “Ang KMME ay eye opener to all entrepreneurs all ages,” she said.

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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 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME

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[Kapatid Mentor ME Program Mentees’ Stories] Quenching the Entrepreneurial Thirst

 

Zam’s Delight Foods started out as a grocery store but eventually ventured into calamansi drink products. Sheryl Jean Candido and her family developed the flavor according to their own tastes as they used to make calamansi juice to quench their own thirsts.

For Sheryl, attending KMME boosted her self-confidence to pursue her business despite the competition in the market. The program is key in the “development of entrepreneurs to innovate and level up [in] life,” she said.

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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 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME

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[Kapatid Mentor ME Program Mentees’ Stories] Sweet Entrepreneurial Success

Jesus Jose Jr.’s mom originally started the business by making leche flans for her coworkers and eventually taught him how to do it with their secret ingredient. According to him, he had no luck being an employee that is why he tried being an entrepreneur and established Bakeology Sweets Factory.

They used to sell their products in bazaars and other local events like the Panagbenga Festival. Just this year, they launched their first physical store in Paciano Terminal and the number of their customers grew by 30%. They were also able to penetrate 7-Eleven stores in Laguna where they provided two product cycles.

Through KMME, Jesus was able to also launch the business’ Facebook page. The lessons in social media marketing helped him manage the content and strategy of the page. “Ang KMME ay magandang programa sa mga nag-uumpisang negosyante,” he said.

Right now, a facility is being set up to manufacture his leche flan as well as other products. Bakeology Sweets Factory also expanded its market to Baguio.

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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 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME