Asset-based Community Development Project (VIMROD)

“We govern this project through a policy that we all decided upon…Each member covers pigfeed and medication expenses.

“Once the pig is sold, usually after four months, members give back to the organization the entire amount spent on purchasing each pig including 5% interest. But they keep the profit.”

These words were spoken by Oliva, 35, leader of a community group supported by AID’s partner, IFI-VIMROD. When she joined IFI-VIMROD’s Asset-based Community Development project, Oliva had the great idea to raise pigs owned by others, under a scheme in which she would get 50% of net profit.

Eventually she had enough money to buy three sows outright, and these have now had many breeding cycles. Based on this success, Oliva helped to form, and was elected chairperson of, a local “Pig-growers Organization”. Instead of raising pigs for others, they now pool resources and buy their own pigs.

According to Oliva, the new arrangement is far better than the previous 50-50 sharing scheme. Now they can make the local equivalent of about $160-$200 per pig. And the group’s activities have grown. “After getting trained in organizational management and sustainable agriculture, we decided to establish an organic vegetable communal demonstration farm in January 2021. Our members and another organization, Bulongan-Camugao Youth Organization, provided free-collective labour,” says Oliva.

IFI-VIMROD works with many people like Oliva, a typical tenant-farmer living near Toledo City in the Philippines. The farms they live on produce corn and other staples, but not do not provide enough income to live on. IFI-VIMROD helps communities to organise themselves into functional groups and provides training in business management, livelihood activities, environmental protection, disaster management and much more. The groups are also given small grants so that they can start to expand existing livelihood ventures or start new ones. And, as you can see from Oliva’s testimony, their incomes are growing.

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In 2022 we hope to raise for this project:

$35,661

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