Marawi City—More Maranao women are helping their communities rise from economic loss in recent armed conflict, with small grants of assistance package from the United States government.
Each micro-grant is valued at P260,000 ($5,000) and will support community learning facilities, including training spaces and daycare centers.
Nikki Macaraub, a beneficiary of the Marawi Response Project, worked with others in her community to set up a learning center for livelihood opportunities.
“Now that we have a facility for teaching sewing and dressmaking, we can help more displaced women like me restart businesses to support our families to rebuild our lives,” said Macaraub.
A US Embassy statement said the American government awarded six micro-grants to community groups composed of Marawi’s displaced citizens and their host families.
Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Emmanuel Piñol joined US Agency for International Development Office of Economic Development and Governance Chief Jeffrey Lehrer at the grants handover ceremony on January 15 in Iligan City.
Representatives of Task Force Bangon Marawi, Lanao Del Sur provincial government, and city governments of Marawi and Iligan joined the event.
The statement added: “The micro-grants are part of USAID’s three-year, P1.35 billion ($25million) Marawi Response Project, which supports the economic recovery and social cohesion of displaced and host communities in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur, Lanao Del Norte, and Iligan.”
Launched in 2018, the project is a partnership between USAID and international non-governmental organization Plan International, with support from local organizations Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. and Maranao People Development Center, Inc. Nash B. Maulana
“The U.S. government, in partnership with the Philippine government, is committed to supporting Lanao communities in their journey to recovery,” said Lehrer in his message to grant recipients.
To date, the United States, through USAID, has committed more than P3.4 billion ($63.6 million) for humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi. Nash B. Maulana
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