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MARE: Women At The Forefront Of Community Development

MARE: Women At The Forefront Of Community Development

The MARE Foundation, inc has been at the forefront of helping empower and improve the quality of life of the filipino masses especially women. It was organized by a group of women volunteers led by Dr. Luisa Loi P. Ejercito Estrada in 1994 and registered with the securities and exchnge commission 1n 1997 as a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization.

With its pioneering focus on health and relief services, it has served hundreds of thousands of indigent patients through medical and surgical missions and other forms of medical assistance in urban and remote communities all over the country.

It has spearheaded relief assistance to more than 700,00o families who were victims of floods, fire, earthquakes, and other natural disasters not to exclude victims of armed conflicts.

Through its “Tubig Pangkalusugan Program”, the foundation provided adequate potable water supply to poor comunities. It has served 30,000 families with the establishment of deep well pumps, water tanks and other water delivery systems.

The MARE Foundation encouraged families to raise various nutritious vegetables and flowering plants. With a good source of water and appropriate land, around 10,000 families were able to implement the “Bulaklakan at Gulayan sa Bakuran Program” providing them alternative income and a cleaner environment.

MARE Foundation, inc. Also provides livelihood support to acccredited local chapters nationwide among which are the following: hog-raising project in Iriga, Camarines Sur and Payatas, Quezon City, food processing, handicrafts and stuffed toy making in Davao City,a small lending program in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, piggy bank sa baranggay in Hermosa, Bataan.

MARE Foundation also organized the mare multipurpose cooperative in 2003 and began its lending operations in 2004. Starting with a seed capital of thirty thousand pesos, it now has an asset of more than three million and a membership of more than 1,000. Today, it has benefited hundreds of its members with its low interest, easy term payment scheme for their small businesses, tuition fees for their children and emergency needs of their families

Mare leaders who are in-charge of these development projects are women volunteers who have are committed to contributing to the development of their communities. The foundation provides them with progressive training and financial support.

Through MARE, women have proven their efficient and effective leadership and management of small economic and social projects.

MARE’s commitment to social and economic development work is its way of reciprocating god’s goodness and blessings for the foundation’s continuing success.