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S3TAR Program to Empower 250 Women Entrepreneurs in Nueva Ecija

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in partnership with Coca Cola Philippines is currently offering scholarships to women in Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija under its Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (S3TAR) program. The program aims to empower women entrepreneurs in the city with knowledge, skills and proficiency in entrepreneurship.

Benefits of the S3TAR Program:
  • Access to free Basic Entrepreneur Skills and Gender Sensitivity Training conducted by Coca Cola Philippines and TESDA. A Certificate of Completion will be given at the end of the training.
  • Access to additional capital thru the S3TAR Loan, a financing scheme by Coca Cola and accredited lending and micro-finance institutions in the city.
  • Access to additional store merchandising assets like coolers, signages and other promotional items from Coca Cola.
Important Information to Note:

Qualifications: S3TAR Program is open to all women 18 years old and above, literate and currently running a sari-sari store for the past 6 months or longer.

Training Schedules: Half-day per week session for three months, to be held at the City Library, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija.

Where to Apply: Interested parties may inquire from the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), City Hall, Science City of Munoz. Only 250 slots are available and all applications will be treated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Gilda Patricia Maquilan, Live Positively manager of Coca-Cola says,  “The Coke S3TAR program is part of The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 Global Initiative. This is our ambitious global initiative to enable the economic empowerment of five million women entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020. Women are pillars of the communities we serve, and pillars of our business.

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14 comments

  1. Wow! This is really nice. Tesda has never stopped helping out in terms of education and business perspective. And it is also great to know that Coca-Cola is expending their arms to help too. This will be helpful specially those in the provinces and women who were not able to finish their studies. Once they've learned and got their own business already, it will not only help their way of living and at the same time, the confidence and believe in themselves will be back.

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  2. A great project by Coke and Tesda. I hope the objectives are achieved. Entrepreneurs are vital to our economy's growth. Nice move.

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  3. I am a TESDA product. I got certificates back in the late 80's for my baking and 1998 for dressmaking. Entrepreneur really needs help from big company like Coke and Tesda.

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  4. Good thing there such programs to help our women entrepreneurs. Hope they also do it in many parts of the country

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  5. This is an excellent opportunity especially for stay at home Moms or housewives to earn additional income.

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  6. This is really a very good project that can help improve the lives of many people.

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  7. Hoping that many institutions mapa private man or government will continue this kind of activities.. This is a big help for everyone..

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  8. Wow, thanks for featuring this! Hope you can also get people to support Live Positively's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LivePositivelyPhilippines?fref=ts :)

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  9. Great event. Hopefully this S3TAR program can reach out other place/provinces as well.

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  10. This is a laudable project. Coke continues to support the community, this time with Tesda. Good move since obviously, Coke has the resources to implement this program.

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  11. I love the idea! We should really push for entrepreneurship!!! :)

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  12. great opportunity for someone who to earn extra money. definitely agree with @Ron . it would be great if this program can reach other places

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  13. It always feels good to hear news such as this - empowering women's capability to reach their dreams and upholding their rights as a citizen. Kudos to S3tar program and its success.

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