Project Dungganon is a story of unlocking the entrepreneurship of hundreds of thousands of forgotten women in a forgotten island where the only thing you are supposed to survive on is to work as sugarcane farmers. In order to do it Cecile, Ching, and Cora moved away from the traditional role of NGO leaders, they brought out their top-quality entrepreneurship from their side to create a financially self-sustaining programme. Their entrepreneurship is dedicated to unfolding the entrepreneurship of women who were never thought of possessing any trace of entrepreneurship.

Obviously, this journey was a hazardous journey. This was ridden with doubts, many unknown pitfalls, and many uncertainties. This was the same for both Cecile and the women borrowers. But these are the challenges entrepreneurs are supposed to take. They took it gallantly. That’s the story of Project Dungganon.

From the FOREWORD by Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Laureate

About the Book

This book is not an academic work in history, economics, anthropology, or political science. Neither is it a summary of Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation’s (NWTF) annual reports. It simply narrates the evolution of NWTF from the perspective of its founders, along with the founders’ personal histories that shaped that organization into what it is today. It highlights women empowerment juxtaposed with patriarchal Philippine society; allows a glimpse of the social movement in post-EDSA Negros; and describes a type of organizational leadership, both personal and collective. In this age when spin-offs and breakaway groups are held synonymous to power and autonomy, collective leadership is almost unheard of, especially that which stands the test of time.



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About The Author

About The Author

Asuncion M. Sebastian, Ph.D. is a published author and independent management consultant. She has been active in the microfinance sector in various capacities since 2004. In 2014, she completed her dissertation on the Dynamics of Social Capital and Management Systems in Effective Delinquency Management in Philippine MFIs at the De La Salle University-Manila. Her latest contribution, From Pamilya to Grasya: Microfinance, was published in Handbook of the Contemporary Philippines (Routledge in Hong Kong, 2018). She has worked with multilateral development agencies, NGOs, business corporations, and government agencies, and taught in the academe for almost a decade. Her interests include social enterprises and innovations, business in development, and leadership.
Dr. Sebastian completed her Masters in Business Administration with concentration on finance and strategy management, and Bachelor of Science in Business Economics cum laude both at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.