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  1. The IntramurosStreet Food Vendors (SANAMAI) Project in the Philippines The Practitioners Meet 12 December 2011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  2. Background • Intramuros is located at the heart of Manila City; also known as the tourist city, walled city ; has 8 universities, 2 hotels, a seafarers hospital and several shipping agencies, an oldest church, a cathedral, several historical places, commercial establishments • Over 100 street/ambulant food vendors with capital from PhP200-2,000/day (less than USD5-50); more than half women; some caterers • 30% of them do not realize profit with either husband or wife work as daily wage earner – hired labor • Energy used for cooking: LPG, kerosene, charcoal which consumes 30% of their daily capital • Credit facility: private individuals (20% interest /mo. or in 60 days, daily equal installment) • Energy used for lighting: candles, kerosene (Petromax); illegal connection to grid with rental fee of PhP20/day (47 cents) • More than 50 vendors inherited the business from their grandparents and parents • Stalls (2X3 meters) rented from Intramuros Administration annually

  3. Objectives, activities & major stakeholders of the project • Research/survey on cooking energy & practices, cookstove used by street/ambulant food vending/catering, gender roles, profile of each vendor (capital-expenditure • Consultation meeting Objectives • To provide energy-efficient cookstove to street/ambulant food vendors of SANAMAI • To promote gender equality and women empowerment Activities • Capability-building: business planning (UP ISSI), meal planning (FNRI), hygiene and sanitation (City Health – health card), food processing (ITDI), food packaging (ITDI), financial assistance of PhP5,000 or USD120 (DSWD) • Technology intervention: energy-efficient charcoal cookstove and solar PV/solar lantern with private company • Micro-finance from USD120-1,500/vendor

  4. Gender analysis tools and gender mainstreaming processes were used in the whole project cycle. Almost a year-long process of guided workshops which results were validated with major stakeholders. Workshops were conducted from 1-3pm twice a week only on weekdays. • Identify gender issues, priorities, roles • - Learn laws related to family, women’s rights including violence against women and children • Define gender goals/objectives, indicators, outcomes • Identify gender + energy needs & match with potential energy technology options • Develop gender plans, indicators for energy project M&E • Understanding goals and aspirations of women and men • Co-Facilitated by Commission on Women, UP CSWD Department, Women Inventors Association of the Philippines, Inc.

  5. * Young boys prefer to work in the business

  6. Impact • 1st year - increase in income; use of/invest in energy-efficient cooking and lighting facilities, clean facilities • 2nd year – send children to school; improved food intake; expanding social circle • 3rd year – freedom from debt; more time for family • evidence of savings (CBU); financial education; from 30-50% savings on energy – PNB insurance, SSS, PhilHealth; purchase of appliances, investment in food containers & utensils, motorbike, investment in solar lanter • expansion of business, increasing customers (take home counters); better service (financing fish dealer, meat suppliers, fruit vendors, confectionary/bakery products), energy suppliers (charcoal, cookstove, solar lantern alone or with phone charger) • stalls include monthly poster displays according to national school themes, e.g. July nutrition month • foster family solidarity, children are back to school with funds for projects, school supplies; enough food to eat at dinner (e.g. case of Nena)

  7. Continuation of Impact • develop self-confidence/self-esteem; become trainer, speakers, village chair • establish partnership with solar lantern suppliers (Pharos), exploring solar lantern manufacturing (TIP Engineering Department), partnership with Pepsi Cola Manufacturing Company for stalls/kiosks, Habitat for Humanity for housing • Intramuros Administration avail of catering services of vendors/catering for office parties • establish good relations with media: Nilo’s food stall was featured in June in the daily popular show “Umagang Kay Ganda” or beautiful morning resulting into requests for assistance to food vendors in other cities and increasing buyers of energy-efficient cookstoves, solar –powered lights and solar lanterns as well as increasing customers in food stalls in Sto. Tomas

  8. Challenges • political commitment - legal status or recognition of vendors (PD 856) almost half a M illegal SFVs in a metro city of 10-12M population ; need to reform or amend policy or issue city ordinance • -partnering with human rights group like Ateneo • -dialogue with LGU/City Mayor’s office, DOT (IA) • -technical assistance to SANAMAI (para legal service of NGOs, lawyers of Free • Legal Assistance Group ) • institutional support - financial assistance and continuous financial education • -there are entrepreneurial poor who live for survival • -others have increasing energy needs and expanding capacities to improve • their family life and business • - expanding energy supply & technology needs; partner institution •  supplier of cooking energy (charcoal, cookstove, LPG, kerosene) •  private business selling solar PV, solar lanterns, LED bulbs, accessories •  technical person for maintenance of energy source; new EE gadgets – matching energy options to needs (smokeless griller ; space saving dishwashing equipment) • biggest challenge is scale-up (GERES-Cambodia, Vietnam, George Washington University Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA), Green Micro-finance, Good Returns) • -mechanism • -finance • -technical staff with gender training (dedicated for long-term partnership)

  9. Technology challenge: Smokeless griller Technology challenge: dishwashing in small space

  10. Thanksgiving party Demolition team

  11. Thank you. MaramingSalamat. APPROTECH ASIA Manila, Philippines Email: