DIWA Party-list advocates to promote and support the micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME). It is part DIWA Party-list’s commitment to provide livelihood to community to foster sustainable and inclusive growth. The livelihood programs and projects provided to the communities not only generate jobs and create household income, it also play a vital role in poverty alleviation and women empowerment.

Arlene Termines, a widow and a mother of two from Bohol, is the latest addition to the growing number of beneficiaries of DIWA party-list’s livelihood programs. Through GMA 7’s Wish ko lang, DIWA granted the wish of Arlene’s daughter to have a sustainable source of income. Aired on January 27, 2018, DIWA gave a mini sari-sari store for Arlene and provided the initial capital, which Arlene and her children may utilize to sustain their daily living.

DIWA has been and continuously providing livelihood to about 7,092 individual beneficiaries in 100 barangays from 85 town/municipalities nationwide. Among our livelihood projects include, Cattle, Goat, Sheep, and Hog Dispersal; Candle Making; Coconut Hash Project; Soap Making; Tailoring; Fisheries; Hair Cut Training; Micro Financing; Bigasang Bayan; Nego Kart; Mushroom Culture; Earthworm Culture; Native Chicken Production and Turkey Farming; Bee Farming; Abaca Weaving Project; and Potato Farming. These livelihoods produce quality products which include food products, honey, organic fertilizer, dish-washing liquid, hand soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, fabric softeners, lotions, and decorative pieces made from coconut husks, among others.
DIWA provided the funding that the beneficiaries used as initial capital as well as business training through the DTI. Also part of the livelihood assistance is to look for prospective markets for their products. For instance, in Panglao, Bohol livelihood, DIWA assisted the beneficiaries to sell their dish washing liquids, soaps and other products by coordinating with the hotels and resorts within the area. Today, the Panglao livelihood supplies toiletries in various hotels and resorts in Bohol.

DIWA gives each of its beneficiaries a share of responsibility and sense of ownership of the enterprise created through the livelihood projects to foster their initiative, willingness, and passion to continue the program and eventually become self-sustaining that will extend their benefits to their community as well.

Wish Ko Lang Episode which features the livelihood project from DIWA may be viewed through the following links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqm7U57C5vI