BARCELONA, SORSOGON – Ten fingers plus hard work and patience. These, according to Olandia Rural Improvement Club (RIC) Chairperson Estrella Espinar, are basic “capital” in handicrafts making. Making the most of these capital and the tireless determination of rural women of Brgy. Olandia, Barcelona to support their families, the RIC thought of establishing a cottage industry for handicraft in Brgy. Olandia Barcelona, this province.
Holding a set of native baskets, 62 year-old weaver Estrella Estigoy shared how she was able to raise her six children and send them to school through handicrafts making. She was a young mother at 22 when she decided to try handicrafts making as a source of additional income to augment their family income. Estigoy and her family earn P400 for each set of native baskets. In four weeks, they could earn about P8,000 to P10,000 as the products from the small cottage industry had reached local and foreign markets. In fact, Olandia RIC’s products were already featured in Orgullo Kan Bikol-Gayon Regional Trade and Travel Fair at SM Megamall and at the Kasanggayahan Trade Fair and Exhibit in Sorsogon City.