Gloria Mendoza is a home businesswoman. She owns a bakery store right in front of her home and makes her products at her own backyard where she set-up a mini-factory. Her story is just one of the many success stories from this side of the world, in the Philippines, thanks to the government’s Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC).
The home business was built in 1992. She didn’t know anything about baking and relied heavily on the skills she acquired from TLRC. Her baker died two years prior to that and she nearly closed her bakery. But she mustered her strength and enrolled in TLRC and took up baking courses.
“I searched through newspapers and directories and it was there that I found TLRC.” She narrates. “I personally visited them and told them I wanted to learn because I didn’t know anything about baking.”
Gloria started taking courses at TLRC in 1994. First she enrolled in Basic Baking course and moved on to advanced courses like Bread-making, Cake Baking, and Cake Decorating. She has taken six courses in TLRC to date.
These are just some of the courses offered by TLRC. The center had already developed more than 300 courses in home-based, agri-aqua, and crafts-based business. The course also come in video and print formats which serve as references and easy-to-follow gyides for technology applications at home.
TLRC pioneered in the development of livelihood and business technology training aimed at providing would-be and practicing entrepreneurs with the skills and techniques in putting up and managing a business.
It continues to provide and disseminate knowledge, skills, technology as well as financial intervention through loans for the Filipino SMEs. They also have developed such as the Program for Countryside Economic Empowerment and Development (PROCEED) which aims to bring TLRC services all over the country. The program will establish Technology and Livelihood Development Centers (TLDCs) at the local level and will serve as channels for TLRC’s livelihood and technology programs.
The center was also able to promote the application of information technology Services Group (ITSG). ITSG pioneered the development and implementation of computer-related projects and also provides other information technology (IT) related services for the SMEs.
In 2001, SMEs started to enjoy a fast and easy access to TLRC’s programs through its e-Library project. It has made technology information and livelihood information available to local government units throughout the country.
After Gloria’s trainings at TLRC, she was able to supervise every detail of her baker business. “Using what I learned from TLRC, I was able to monitor the operations of my bakery,” she says.
She states everything that she had learned at TLRC, she was able to apply in her home business. At present, the bakery employs more than 20 personnel and earns a net income of P3,000 a day.