Harnessing Migrants & Remittances for Development

by Unlad Kabayan Migrant Services Foundation, Inc.


Empowering migrant laborers to save and invest remittances in microenterprises that create jobs and local opportunities, such as processing of coconut husks as marketable, commercial goods.
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Over 7.5 million Filipino migrants work overseas because of lack of local opportunities. In 2003, they sent $7.9 billion in remittances to their families for basic needs and personal consumption. Unlad helps to channel remittances and manage sustainable projects like coco coir production, a waste by-product of coconuts. There are numerous commercial uses like geo-textiles, planters, peet and soil. This will benefit a population of 446,191 in Davao Oriental with a poverty rate of 62%.


Unlad conducts feasibility analysis and planning, facilitates technology and knowledge transfer, installs and maintains management and financial systems, assists in R&D, and conducts social and economic impact study.

Long-Term Impact

One plant with production capacity of 5 tons of coir fiber per day will produce: $17,727 per year (income from husk), $184,364 per year (gross income from fiber), 28 full time jobs, 21 contractual jobs, and 50 women final good producers.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Asian Migrant Centre
Migrant Forum in Asia
Migrants Rights Internationa
International Labour Organization

Organization Information

Unlad Kabayan Migrant Services Foundation, Inc.

Location: Quezon City - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​www.unladkabayan.org

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