Established from a partnership project between the University of Hawaii (UH) and Southern Christian College (SCC) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Higher Education and Development (HED) organization, the CAFE was formed by the UPLOAD JOBS for Mindanao project in 2013 where project goals targeted the out-of-school youth in Central Mindanao and the faculty and staff of Southern Christian College. The project’s sustainable goals and achievements included enhancing the institutional capacity of SCC in community extension and rural livelihood development of out-of-school youth through agri-entrepreneurship training of standard business and soft skills, essential for market integration and competitiveness, to increase individual opportunities to be employed and self-employed.

Participating municipalities of the UPLOAD JOBS for Mindanao partnership activities in Cotabato: Alamada, Carmen, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan, Pigcawayan, and Esperanza

Through this partnership, the CAFE was able to reach over 200 out-of-school youth and support the start-up of over 20 small business plans.

The CAFE aims to continue to inspire and support the innovators and entrepreneurially inclined within Central Mindanao bylinking existing agri-entrepreneurship resources, programs and networks to continue to support the specific needs and address the challenges associated with starting up a new venture to support local economic growth!

To find out more about the UPLOAD JOBS for Mindanao project: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ctahr/uploadjobs/