In today’s technology innovation, it is undoubtedly practical to allot certainty and convenience in work through switching from manual processes to automatic or machine-operated tools and devices. Aside from saving time and work force, there are features of these tools that a human cannot just easily perform. The question is, does advancement in technology always guarantee favorable outcomes over manual procedures? For the members of the coop, it is—before.
Capital is not the big challenge, supply is
On June 2016, PIGSE have had a ‘Start Your Business’ training with Missional Business Center Inc. (MBC). Generally, the primary source of income in their location is fishing.
With the help of MBC, the group have learned of the efficient ways to start a business in its surest way unlike before that the group have no clear market research. Through a 5-day training with MBC, PIGSE have also determined if a business is likely to be highly profitable or not. One of the tools that helped them the most is the basic bookkeeping that improved them to keep their records transparent, updated, and on-track.
On the other hand, the required start-up capital of the business was of secondary problem. Through the help of Good Neighbors Incorporated (GNI), their loan was granted to support their business operations. Primarily, the irregular supply of fish because of climate change was the main reason why the group have mostly non-operational days. What made the situation worse are the trading system—they don’t have their own pump boats and there were only small-scale operations like offering less volume of fishes from the mainland traders.
Why they choose machine
Unlike the neighboring barangays, PIGSE’s fish drying area is not large and adequate enough to dispatch manual operation of the said livelihood business. For them who have been knowledgeable and traditionally inclined with the manual process of fish drying in their place, PIGSE members wanted to look for an alternative but good means to hassle-free dry their products—fishes and alamang or shrimp paste—to save from the threat of sudden climate change.
By the privilege to get a loan from GNI, PIGSE has purchased a fish-drying machine. Feeling overwhelmed, the group had started its vision and brand-new hope to see their business successfully growing in the future
The challenges have slowly revealed for the group that choosing such a machine might have been too early. The quality of dried fish products is not appealing for the customers and clients. Even studying the temperature of the fish-drying machine is said to be inconsistent.
Unfortunately, the future has temporarily blurred in the sight of PIGSE members. They are now trying to look for buyers of the machine and are now looking forward to still pursue the business through manual process.
MBC and Good Neighbors don’t let this kind of business to go unsuccessful as they have already started their livelihood for their locality’s source of income. Currently, the MBC and Good Neighbors are still assessing alternative and beneficial ways to do a good turn for PIGSE livelihood project.
PIGSE’s lessons learned in developing their livelihood may be a bit of setback. But, like all livelihood business have started, challenges are very essential to rise from downfall to a delightful success. And this is what PIGSE are doing now with the help of MBC and Good Neighbors.