The Saga Charitable Trust worked with the Philippines Community Fund (PCF) to set up a community bakery and provide beauty salon training in the Smoky Mountain area which has helped to provide waste pickers with income-generating skills and created alternative livelihood opportunities.
The Bakery was officially opened in February 2013 and continues to produce an array of sumptuous breads which are used to feed the children at the nearby PCF school as well as being sold to the local community.
It has been such a success that the bakery is now making a profit which it is using as a revolving fund. Future plans for the bakery include the production of veggie noodles from the okra donations it receives from the Food Bank Foundation and traning for the community on how to start and manage a business.
Through PCF the Trust also funded beauty salon training for 55 beneficiaries which has helped to introduce some of the waste pickers from the area to new livelihood opportunities. This training not only provided the beneficiaries with new skills but also gave them a more positive outlook on life and hope for a better future.