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After a series of meetings with TAFIAS key members and TAFIAS internal consultations it was agreed that the initial focus had to be on fast revenue generation. The fact is TAFIAS and its members are struggling financially. It has become clear that the money issue is a real threat.
Whilst sales of the Tilapia Chips are steady the volumes are low. The season is when tourists are in Bohol and that’s not until December 2015.

The first step made therefore was to create an eatery/mini café next to the ANDAKIDZ Community Centre on TAFIAS “territory”.
Using some materials supplied by ANDAKIDZ and recycled materials a hastily-built café was up and running in just a few weeks.
Why a café as a first step?
The road. There is a new road being built from central Anda all the way to Lamanoc Island. It’s a huge and long overdue project and because of it there are many road construction workers who need lunch.
Also the Community Centre and TAFIAS both attract visitors on a regular basis to see what’s going on. Having a food and drink option (rather than just snacks for sale) seemed a wise move.
On top of that in the barangay (village) where TAFIAS resides, Talisay, there was no real eating and meeting place.
So now there is a café and its starting to work..of course the revenues are small but it’s a step in the right direction.. 🙂

The Project is co-financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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ANDAKIDZ Projects for 2015/6

In August 2015 I, Robin Gurney, ANDAKIDZ Director and volunteer, headed back to Anda, Bohol after a few months break in Europe.
My goal over a 8 month period is to assist ANDAKIDZ local partner organisation TAFIAS in product development and marketing (finding marketing and distribution channels for existing and new products etc.) and in revenue creation for the community and the ANDAKIDZ community centre

Robin Gurney celebrating continued cooperation with with TAFIAS President Virgilio Mainit

Robin Gurney celebrating continued cooperation with with TAFIAS President Virgilio Mainit

(rental of premises and equipment, organising the events etc.).

First step is to develop a strategy and action plan for revenue increase of the community centre and TAFIAS.

The activities are continuation of the project “Creative Marketing for small businesses” project completed in early 2015 where the result was the launch of TAFIAS World Famous Tilapia Chip’s (thanks also to vital input from ANDAKIDZ volunteer, Janno Siimar).

My project is the first of four happening in 2015/6
MTÜ ANDAKIDZ and its long ­term Filipino partner TAFIAS (Talisay Fishermen’s Association), both entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers, opened a community centre to serve disadvantaged communities in Anda (Philippines) in 2015. This new project provides an additional 4 volunteers to optimise and develop the management of the centre and, to specifically, create reading, playing and learning opportunities for local children and sustainable learning and revenue generating opportunities for unemployed women and fishermen in the area. This project is part of wider program of privately and Estonian government funded development cooperation activities by ANDAKIDZ.
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