Empowering Women and Youth: Training and Workshop on Soap and Candle Making

January 21, 2017

       Lumbatan, Lanao Del Sur - HOLD Agri-business Marketing Cooperative, with the support from LGU-Lumbatan (GAD), Skills Mastery Institute (SMI) and S.M.I.L.E.S Foundation in partnership with the Municipality of Lumbatan, Kapamagogopa, Inc., Kalimudan Foundation Inc., Regional Commission of Bangsamoro Women and Lanao Agricultural College, 70 beneficiaries were chosen to be a part of the Soap and Candle Making Training and Workshop with the Theme: A growth outlook on empowering women and youth with the sympathizing agencies for better living", last January 18, 2017 at the Open Gym, Poblacion, Lumbatan, Lanao Del Sur.


               Prof. Solaiman A. Bale, Chairman of HOLD Agri-business Marketing Cooperative



Dr. Irene L. Floro, President and CEO of Skills Mastery Institute during her inspirational message



       Regardless of how far it took for the CEO and all the staff from Skills Mastery Institute (SMI) and S.M.I.L.E.S Foundation to travel all the way from Cagayan de Oro to Lumbatan, Lanao Del Sur (approximately 100km, rerouting due to impassable bridge). Not to mention the ongoing war in the neighboring municipality of Butig due to the presence and terror that the Maute Group has created. It did not stop us from us achieving our goal, to share and give back to the Community by delivering free Training and Workshop to all the brave women and youth of Lumbatan.















      SMI and SMILES Foundation Staff with the CEO                       The beautiful scenery of Lake Lanao




Our trainer, Mrs. Terezita Z. Bacarro, has eagerly shared the step by step process on how to make a soap and candle, making the trainees more curious and interested to try it themselves. It was indeed a successful and worthwhile training and workshop, leaving us a big smile in our faces and gratefulness in our hearts.


Mrs. Terezita Z. Bacarro, trainer of Soap and Candle Making



All women, men and youth of Lumbatan eagerly watching Mrs. Bacarro’s demonstration

 on how to make a soap


Women taking notes just to make sure that they got all the right ingredients



One excited trainee who can’t wait to try making her own candle


Photo Op after the training






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