16 November 2022, Singapore – The Philippine Embassy in Singapore joined graduates which included a number of Filipinas, in the Aidha Graduation Ceremony on 6 November 2022 at the Stephen Riady Auditorium, NTUC Center in Singapore.
Founded in 2006, Aidha is a non-profit organization that helps empower migrant domestic workers (MDWs) and other low-income women in Singapore to achieve economic independence. It offers courses in money management, wealth creation and entrepreneurship, as well as elective courses that help MDWs improve their English. Aidha’s courses are designed to build the students’ confidence in themselves and their future. Students learn how to save and invest, how to speak and present themselves confidently, and how to start a business.
To date, Aidha has impacted over 6,000 students and over 40% of its alumni start businesses of their own, a large increase from the 6% who have businesses prior to joining Aidha. Its impact data also show that monthly savings of its alumni have increased by 80%, and the number of the productive assets they owned doubled by the time they graduate from the organization’s most advanced course on entrepreneurship. Many women mention that their learning journey at Aidha has been an opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives by giving them the skills and confidence to achieve their dreams.
The Aidha graduation ceremony is a highlight among the Aidha community every year – a celebration marking its students’ successful completion of their months-long financial education classes. This year saw 98 students, composed of MDWs from India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Sri Lanka, graduating and completing either a personal financial plan or a business plan. Forty graduates from the last two years also joined the ceremony.
During the graduation ceremony, three Filipina graduates were recognized for the plans that they have submitted. Annje Galfo from Guimaras was named as runner-up while Aiza Ramos from Pangasinan emerged as having presented the best Personal Financial Plan. Kristine Villarma Comendador from Ormoc was named runner-up under the Business Plan category.
Singapore serves as a second home to around 200,000 Filipinos. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of them work in the professional, highly-skilled and healthcare sectors, while close to 42% work in Singaporean homes – caring for the sick and the elderly, looking after children, and assisting Singaporean families with their various needs. (END).