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Success Story: Tamar Foundation Inc. - A bar to reach, a life to touch, a future to change

Tamar Foundation Inc. on MSMED Week Trade Fair on Harbor Point Ayala Mall, Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Amidst the blinking lights of the night, in the place called “bar”, Tamar Foundation has found its inspiration. Tamar Foundation Inc. has become a refuge for women who are victims of prostitution. In 1997, the foundation started its advocacy of helping women to turn away from prostitution. Initially, they started making greetings cards as a form of therapy, especially to teenage victims. They wanted to bring back hope to the victims and transform them as economic catalysts in the community.  Their mission is to reach out and rescue women and teenage girls from prostitution, and provide them opportunities for growth and development through a holistic helping process.

 One of Tamar Foundation’s volunteer making greeting cardTamar Foundation’s Product - Greeting Card made out of abaca paper

Tamar products are locally-made of abaca papers. Their products include greeting cards, posters, scrap books, and rose flower bouquets.

The foundation was not in full operation for many years, until in 2015, they started their production little by little. In 2021, during the pandemic, the members visited a trade fair organized by the Department of Trade and Industry - Zambales Provincial Office in SM Olongapo Central and asked how to join the fair. From participating in trade fairs conducted by DTI, the Foundation has helped their members supply the needs of their family. They were able to gain sales, and attract more clients with large orders.

 Virginia Orjaeseter of Tamar Foundation as KMME-MME Mentee Graduate

In 2022, Tamar Foundation Inc., represented by their Vice President Virginia Orjasaeter, was invited to join the Kapatid Mentor Me - Money Market Encounter Online Program. Despite her busy schedule with all the trade fairs they were currently participating, she was able to complete the 11 modules online. The KMME learnings gave Mrs. Orjasaeter more inspiration and motivation to develop new products. She was thankful for all the assistance the DTI has extended.

 

By: May Joy Policarpio / DTI Zambales

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