Some members of the “Ati” Indigenous People’s community and coffee farmers, who are members of the Tamulalod Progressive Farmers Association (TPFA) in Dumarao town, now produce and sell ground and tea bag packed coffee.

The product development was through the initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Office’s Negosyo Center in Dumarao town with the support of the Capiz Archdiocesan Social Action Center (CASAC) and the local government unit of Dumarao town.

The collaboration has facilitated the successful two-day training of 15 participants from the TPFA last month.

“The participants were trained on how to process their coffee beans instead of just selling it raw in the market,” said Dumarao NC business counselor Elica Guillermo.

They were also provided entrepreneurial development seminar as the activity will be an opportunity for them to increase their income, she added.

The association has also received a coffee roaster machine from CASAC under the Sustaining Empowered And Resilient Communities towards Holistic D evelopment (SEARCHDEV) of the National Secretariat for Social Action.

The products are now on display at the Ati Display Center in Brgy. Tamulalod in Dumarao town.JBG/AAL/PIA Capiz