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Ordinary Housewife Is Now A Vegetable Entrepreneur Image Credit: Agriculture
Ordinary Housewife Is Now A Vegetable Entrepreneur Image Credit: Agriculture

Ordinary Housewife Is Now A Vegetable Entrepreneur

VIRGIE REBLEZA is a 62-year old housemaker and grandmother from a remote community of Kidapawan City, who is now an active vegetable entrepreneur.

Rex M. Rubio

Her enthusiasm started when the Kidapawan City Agrarian Reform Office and World Vision, a global humanitarian organization that focuses on the welfare of vulnerable children and families, shared its partnership and advocacy on natural farming system, and JADAM ultra-low cost farming technologies on organic vegetable gardening to the agency’s partner for community development.

A FRESH START AS ENTREPRENEUR

“I am just dependent on my husband’s income. Sometimes it is not enough,” Rebleza passionately shares in Cebuano.

From a couple of vegetable seeds given by World Vision and DAR, Rebleza started her garden in a 5,000 square meter lot. She transformed the abandoned land into a productive area for planting okra.

“After I learned a lot from the organic training I attended, it motivated me to try gardening and utilize a parcel of our land.”

DAR EXTENDS SUPPORTS AND INTRODUCES SUSTAINABILITY MECHANISM

Rebleza is one of the active members of Onica Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (Onica-ARBA), a community- based people’s organization established by City Agrarian Reform office in March 2015 and duly registered by Department of Labor and Employment.

The organization started with 28 members in 2015, and after 4 years, membership increases to 63.

As part of the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) mandate to capacitate and strengthen i


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