Project Description

To live in an environment full of junk and garbage is unimaginable. The stinky smell when you drive through the Gravel pit road in Payatas (Manila) is your daily breath when you live there. And many do live there, on the edge of the garbage dump. They use the phrase ‘Dumpsite is a goldmine’ meaning that there is money in junk and scrap. This is just one of the popular statements of residents whose source of income is collecting and buying & selling junk materials. Scavenging for recyclables, reusables and resalables.

You might doubt whether or not this is the right environment to live or start a business. But Shirly Venturina, one of the graduates of MBC trainings, thought otherwise.

Shirly is the owner of a junkshop. People who collect usable materials form the garbage, can deliver that to her. The old plastic bottles, the carton board, glass, plastic, metal, etc. will be sold by shirly to the recycling factories. She does not have a workshop for this. She collects the materials in an old truck. The garbage scavengers stand in line at her truck to hand in their collected junk in exchange for some pesos. When the truck is full she has to go to the recycling factory. They people wait for her to return. Shirly wants to expand her business.

“I got in touch with the MBC training and I learned to apply the knowledge I was taught in my own business. My one truck causes a lot of delay in the purchase and sale of recyclable materials”.

With the help of the MBC Shirly developed a Business Plan to make possible the purchase of a second truck. With a loan from the micro finance organization CCT, a partner of MBC, she was able to acquire a second-hand truck. At CCT she also attended a Saving Group, where she saved money and joined a values training and bible study. CCT is strongly convinced by looking at Shirly’s business plan that she will be able to pay her loans and the business is viable.

With now two trucks in the business, there is way more throughput: While the one truck is delivering recyclables to the factory, the other is used as depot for the garbage collectors to hand in their goods. When the first truck returns from the factory, the roles are reversed, thus expanding the business.

On Facebook Shirly posted her happiness and gave God the glory for receiving a new truck for her business and new additional source of income to be used to deliver junk materials to factories.

Shirly experienced not only the exchange of theoretical knowledge of the MBC, but a genuine concern from the MBC staff for her family and business. On Facebook she described her happiness and proudly showed the pictures of her new truck. She also plans to rent out the truck as a Moving Van in order to generate more income.

Jenny Villanueva
MBC Student Coordinator
Business Plan Coordinator