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Success Story: Awards Diversified Products

Awards Diversified Products

Violeta Cuan was compelled to be an Overseas Filipino Worker in 2012 in the Middle East to provide for her family after her husband passed away but her loneliness and the longing for her children made her decide to return home for good and start a business. 

She used her savings as an OFW and ventured into the food business—cooking and selling Muslim delicacies such as palapa, tinagtag, and bukayo, to name a few. Sadly, her business went to hiatus when she got into a motorcycle accident that fractured her left leg, requiring a steel implant so she could regain her ability to walk. Her family was devastated but Violeta never gave up. 

Opportunity knocked on her door when she participated in a skills training in Bayong-making conducted by DTI thru Negosyo Center Malapatan and got encouraged to venture into the handicraft business. Her first product line was bayong bags then further expanded to handwoven baskets, and other products made from rattan. In 2018, she was chosen as one of DTI’s Kapatid Mentor Me Program mentees where she was given in-depth business skills and successfully graduated from the program.  

Now, Violeta is the proud owner of her very own AWARDS DIVERSIFIED handicraft business. Her handicraft products, for now, are mostly made from coconuts such as lampshades, coin banks, pen holders, plant holders, and many others. Violeta continues to show the way for other MSMEs to follow. 


By: Negosyo Center Malapatan

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