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A sausage sizzle in the making

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : CARD-OFW Hong Kong held its first livelihood skills training session on September 20 as part of its programme to teach practical skills that migrant workers can use to help earn their living after they return home for good.

The one-day workshop running from morning until sunset, was joined by over 150 people at the Bayanihan Centre, Kennedy Town. 

The topics on hand for the day were fruit craving and making longganisa, a type of sweet sausage popular in The Philippines.

Liezl Muega, who has been working in Hong Kong for six years, was among the over 80 participants at the morning session. She said she finds the livelihood course a good opportunity to learn skills that can help her to start her own business one day.

A graduate of the financial literacy course that the organisation sponsors in the city, she said she is now able to save around 15 per cent of her salary to put towards beginning a small business when she returns home.

She hopes she can go home for good in two year’s time. She explained that at present, her family owns a coconut farm, but she is open to the possibility of starting another small business to subsidise the family income.

She said sausage-making only involves a small capital, but the profit margin is big, as a dozen small pieces of longganisa can be sold for around 150 pesos.

Robert David, a driver in Hong Kong for seven years, said he joined the course because he plans to return home in four year’s time.

He said he had attended some other workshops as well, because he wants to start a small business and is exploring what kind of things he can do.

Ching Baltazar said she felt excited to be the trainer at the sausage-making session, as it was the first time she had been asked to teach so many people at the same time. 

She said those who came to the course were eager to learn, as they took turns in coming to the front of the classroom to practice and they asked many questions about the whole process.

Baltazar added that it is her hope that someday they will be able to survive from the profits of their own small business in The Philippines and never need to work overseas again.

Vicky Munar, from CARD, said more livelihood skills workshops will be conducted in the future, as it is important not only to give migrant workers theory on how to manage their money through the financial literacy courses, but also skills on how to generate income through practical workshops.

The next financial literacy course will be held at Bayanihan Centre on October 18.


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