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Success Story: FROM CHALKS TO MASON JARS

From Chalks to Mason Jar    From Chalks to Mason Jar

 

 

I will be forever thankful to DTI and the Negosyo Center for the assistances and training opportunities after my retirement. These gave me the idea to venture into business particularly on food processing, hence the Bernas Homemade Food Products Retailing.”

On January 24, 2019, Mrs. Sabo completed the registration of her business with the LGU and DTI with the name Berna’s Homemade Food Products Retailing. The first product she produced was the labuyo powder and chili paste made from harvested small chili peppers cultivated in their own backyard. On her first harvest, Mrs. Sabo produced 50 bottles of 50-gram chili powders. Since she has yet to established a marker, she initially sold the powders for PHP 50.00 a bottle.

Eager to grow her business, Mrs. Sabo actively participated in Negosyo Center trainings. One of which was the Product Packaging and Labelling for the food sector. Through this coaching, Berna’s Homemade Food Products’ labels and packaging were created and in turn became the official branding of the product line.

In 2020, Mrs. Sabo decided to up her game and venture into food preserves through canning. She conducted research and experimentation to perfect her pastes and gourmets. Although she has no physical store, these food products were made available at the Kabayan Public Market and other sari-sari stores. At present, Berna’s Homemade Food Product’s Retailing is the first and the only manufacturer in Kabayan to come up with food preserves in glass jars.

When the pandemic hit the country in the mid-2020, Mrs. Sabo’s sales plunged, forcing her to decrease production. She then tried to look for assistances and livelihood opportunities that could aid her business.

“DTI to the rescue!

Through the Livelihood Seeding Program-Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB), Mrs. Sabo, representing the Eddet Indigenous Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, was able to receive a heavy-duty manual meat grinder. The program was very beneficial for Ma’am Sabo and the cooperative members who have decided to venture into longaniza making. The Cooperative was also a beneficiary of the Awareness on Business Continuity Planning and Management Training conducted on May 12, 2021. The participants, including Mrs. Sabo, were taught how to prepare a resilient business continuity plan which is timely given the pandemic.

Berna’s is currently working on its business plan through the assistance of NC Kabayan. The NC is also working on the enrollment of Berna’s Homemade Food Products Retailing to the OTOP Next Gen Product Development Sessions to improve its current product lines and market reach, and specially to be Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-certified to ensure safe and quality food products.

While she admits that the road to entrepreneurial success is still as challenging as ever, Berna remains committed to see her enterprise achieve its fullest potential.

From Chalks to Mason Jar

Some of the product lines of Berna’s Homemade Food Products Retailing are Kinoday Gourmet, 3-in-1 chili powder, Garlic & Chili Paste and the Savoury Tuyo (Piskaw). The ingredients used in these products are personally propagated by Mrs. Sabo in her own backyard.

 

By: DTI-CAR

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