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“ATI” is a local term for Aetas or Indigenous peoples of the Visayan region specifically in the provinces of Guimaras and Iloilo. Aetas are indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of the Philippines and are considered its earliest inhabitants.
For over the years, the Indigenous Peoples (IP) specifically in the seven (7) IP communities of the provinces of Guimaras and Iloilo have been provided with several opportunities which have brought them into the limelight of society’s unconventional trading. Initiatives like nito (a tropical vine of the fern family) and coconut shell handicraft making, hanging bridge constructions, and educational assistance have greatly fostered the communities’ social and financial strength.
In extending the reach of IP Programs into social and livelihood mainstreams, one of the 7 IP communities, Sitio Nagpana, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo has been honed and prepared for several livelihood initiatives like nito vine weaving and coffee production. Nagpana Minorities Association (NAMIAS), the oldest Indigenous Peoples organization in the province of Iloilo, through Taytay Sa Kauswagan, Inc. and Tinukib Foundation, Inc. has been continually given assistance and support towards the improvement of their community enterprise. Their nito weaving and coffee farming has become one of the major sources of income for NAMIAS.
Hard pressed with life’s challenges, not to mention how their coffee shrubs and cherries were all devastated by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda three (3) days before their scheduled harvest. However, this did not stop them to continue to persevere and rise beyond the challenges that have come to their community.
Three (3) years after, with the assistance of TSKI and TFI, DOST, and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Btc. Viejo, this Indigenous People Group is now ready to showcase to the world the quality and richness of their coffee, rated as Grade 1 Class A and roasted with passion. You can now savor the aroma of Kape Miro of the Indigeneous People from the Mountains of Nagpana, Btc. Viejo. It will be available soon at TINUKIB online and pasalubong shops.
As this community continues to recover from the remnants of the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, there are still much to be done, the improvement of their production facilities, the skills and enhancement of coffee farming and production among others, in order for them to continue to produce quality roasted coffee beans. Through this, it will help empower them and their enterprise to live quality life not only for their generation but the succeeding generation of the Indigenous People group.
Even a small amount of donation for their needs could greatly help and encourage them to continue to strive and put their heart in enriching the natural resources and the enterprise that has been given to them for the greater welfare of their community and their families.
If you are led to donate any amount for this community, we would be glad to accept your donation. You will be given an update of how these funds will be used for the improvement of their coffee enterprise. Thank you very much and may God bless you abundantly for your generous giving.