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For almost five years, the Hapinoy Store Program has worked with women micro entrepreneurs towards the growth of their sari-sari stores and their personal development as entrepreneurs. MicroVentures Foundation (MVF), through the Hapinoy Program, takes a giant step forward by partnering with Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. (VF)VF is a Philippine-based NGO known for its innovative work for the empowerment of vulnerable migrants, especially victims of human trafficking, domestic servitude and other forms of exploitation through building social movements, and advocating for policies and delivering of services.
Bam Aquino, President of MVF and Co-founder of Hapinoy says, “We are more than excited with our partnership with the Visayan Forum. We are hopeful that by nurturing, developing and supporting micro businesses in poor communities, the Hapinoy Program can be a significant deterrent in human trafficking."Training these sari-sari storeowners and putting them into a level of sustaining their businesses is a strategy to alleviate poverty for Filipinos. But with this kind of partnership, human trafficking through economic empowerment becomes a powerful intervention.