Baseco Integrated Network for Household Improvements (BINHI) has been the most promising people’s organization of Kaibigan Foundation. It started on April 20, 2010, and upon five years of existence; it continually grows and becomes progressive when it comes to its programs and services.
On the first year of its existence, BINHI’s programs and services were mainly focused on raising enough funds for the livelihood project and services. Their leaders first underwent several trainings focused on financial management to ensure that they are capacitated to handle livelihood related tasks. After that, they concentrated their efforts on collecting contributions (capital share) from members to start up their livelihood project – Bigasang Bayan (buy and sell of rice).
Through the years, BINHI has been consistently working and developing their livelihood projects. Aside from selling rice, they also venture into selling of processed meats, biscuits, and dishwashing liquids. All in all, the agents involved in the project are ten individuals. The profit gained from their livelihood initiatives enabled them to expand their programs and services in education, health, and livelihood. Also, families generate a reasonable monthly income for the daily needs of their families aside from the dividend that they will get at the end of the year.
Last 2012, BINHI was registered in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In 2013, they successfully managed to have a solid partnership with Barangay 649 which allowed them to further promote their services and to achieve their goal.
Over the years, BINHI has managed to obtain different connections and network. The Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) became a venue for the PO to be part of the BASECO Inter Agency Network (BIAN). Because of this initiative, the PO, together with the other organizations (government, non-government and private sector), has come together and helps the DRR to become more effective. They also made connection with the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) to further promote child’s rights and protection.
To date, its more than 80 members continue its work in making its organizational system stronger to uplift the economic condition in Baseco, as well as expanding its membership to promote change and development. They also continue educating people by giving them orientation on proper hygiene and preparing less-costly menus for their families, among others. Giving allowance has always been their project and this year they managed to shoulder the allowance of their four PO members. Aside from that, they also give school shoes, allowance and supplies to deserving non-members-students in Baseco.
Years 2015 and 2016 are the hardest years for BINHI. One of their members recently passed away because of cancer. Some of their members were transferred to the playground area in their community because their place was demolished. Gambling is also a major concern because it’s prevalent now in Baseco. To solve the problem, leaders are now thinking of conducting counseling for the parents in their area. The goal of the activity is to change their perspective in life and to encourage them to uplift their dreams for their families. It also aims to give orientation to parents on how they can support their children. They also want to educate mothers on protecting their rights and be self-reliant.
According to BINHI’s community leader Nanay Nory Yamson, “There have been a lot of changes in the policy of BINHI. Some were removed while some were added. The group itself is changing because every year we have new members. We have to mingle with people of different attitude. I can say that members before are more participativebut now it’s just different. We’re having trouble obtaining their full participation because their houses are in different corners of Baseco. But we’re not going to give up. We know that through patience and perseverance, in due time we will again reap the benefits of all our hard work. Rain or shine, as long as we work together our group will never disintegrate. The challenges that we encountered just made us stronger”.