Coca-Cola PH micro-business training program produces over 1,500 new graduates

Launched in 2021, the iSTAR Program has removed the limitations of in-classroom trainings and diversified its trainees by opening it to existing and start-up micro-retailers across all genders

Over 1,500 micro-entrepreneurs from Davao del Norte were awarded Certificates of Completion for completing the iSTAR Program implemented by Coca-Cola Philippines, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Tagum City Council of Women Foundation, Inc. These micro-retailers are now more equipped with training and access to financial resources, which can help empower them to scale up their businesses.

Over 1,500 micro-entrepreneurs from Davao del Norte were awarded Certificates of Completion for finishing the online iSTAR Program in a graduation ceremony held at the Tagum City Hall on 11 November.

iSTAR is the digitized adaptation of the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources Star Program, a long-standing partnership between Coca-Cola Philippines and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and implemented with the Tagum City Council of Women Foundation, Inc. for the Mindanao region.

In this initiative, micro and small business owners are provided training and access to financial resources, which can help empower them to grow their businesses.

Launched in 2021, the iSTAR Program has removed the limitations of in-classroom trainings and diversified its trainees by opening it to existing and start-up micro-retailers across all genders.

To celebrate partnership milestones on women’s economic empowerment in Tagum City that started in 2014, Coca-Cola Philippines commissioned and unveiled the Empowered Woman artwork, which will be on permanent display at the Tagum City Historical and Cultural Center.

The event also marked the opening of a roving iSTAR Success Stories Photo Exhibit. The gallery features photos showcasing testimonials of program beneficiaries and key highlights of the program’s economic and transformational impact.

To celebrate women’s economic empowerment partnership milestones in Tagum City, Coca-Cola Philippines commissioned and unveiled the Empowered Woman artwork displayed at the Tagum City Historical and Cultural Center. The Company also opened the iSTAR Success Stories Photo Exhibit, showcasing photos of program beneficiaries and program highlights.

The iSTAR Program is part of Coca-Cola Philippines’ efforts in sustaining economic empowerment initiatives for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). For over a decade, the company has connected with more than 250,000 women entrepreneurs in the retail sector across the 17 regions and 81 provinces of the Philippines — giving MSMEs access to skills training and peer-to-peer networks that will improve their business acumen and consequently help break the cycle of generational poverty.


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