About half of the Philippines’ 88 million people live in rural areas. Poverty is most severe and widespread in these areas. Almost 80 percent of the country’s poor people live there. Agriculture is the primary and often only source of income. Most depend on subsistence farming and fishing for their livelihoods.
Saladmaster worked through Gawad Kalinga, an organization that aims to end poverty in the Philippines, to build a village in Putotan, Iloilo. We provided quality housing and the necessary infrastructure to support the people there. Over 64 families have been given homes. More homes are been built with a goal of 100 shelters in the village. There is no better reflection of Saladmaster’s tagline, We Change Life, than the collective efforts of our team members with this initiative. “Gawad Kalinga” translated means “to give care.”