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All Lights Village Project Raises Young Leaders and Uplifts Philippines Community

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All-Lights Village is a long-term community development program that has been transforming rural areas for more than a decade through solar technology, clean water solutions, education, income generation, and public and private partnerships to improve the overall quality of life in measurable ways.

The All-Lights Village of Tamale in the Philippines is a farming community that was selected in 2014 by Global Peace Foundation (GPF) to receive solar lights and lamps. Since then, GPF has continued to assist the community with innovative projects created by local villagers.

In recent years, thirty youth from ages 18 to 35 were selected from Sitio Tamale to be part of an exclusive training for organic mushroom production, business entity, entrepreneurship, and marketing. 

Ronalisa, leader of Tamale's All Lights Village mushroom farming

Ronalisa, age 22, is the elected leader of the group. A mother, wife, and student at Nueva Ecija, Ronalisa is also the daughter of rice and onion farmers. Her powerful work ethic and determination to help uplift her community inspired her to be a part of the All-Lights project, problem-solving for the organic mushroom facility-tending and devising a schedule to help her co-participants render services at the project site.

Jestoni, 30, is a father of three whose primary income is farming and was delighted to be a part of the All Lights project to conduct training programs. He started when he was twelve years old helping his father on the family farm and now works as the auditor of Tamale Indigenous Cultural Community and Organic Farmers Incorporated.

Participants Gener and Gerald both lived in Sitio Tamale their whole lives and were honored to be a part of the project and receive training for the first time on how to grow organic mushrooms. All participants are welcome to use the All-Lights local livelihood center and make use of the materials and training provided to enhance their farming technique and learn how to grow and manage their own business.

Sitio Tamale's All Lights Village organic mushroom farming group

A pillar of the All-Lights Village project is to raise self-reliant leaders and owners of the development projects who can take the lead in elevating the livelihoods of their communities.

All-Lights village serves communities in Malaysia, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and several other countries around the world. Learn more and sign up for monthly newsletters for the latest on peacebuilding around the world.