COWHED: Promoting T’boli Women’s Health and Development
“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller (1880-1967)
The summer capital of SOCCSKSARGEN nurtures an organization that seeks to empower T’boli women. The Cooperative of Women in Health and Development (COWHED) envisions a stable and self-reliant cooperative that provides quality service to committed and skilled members who have sense of responsibility and ownerswhip.
Organized by the Tribal Women’s Health Project (TWHP) of the Santa Cruz Mission on March 22, 1995, COWHED aims to develop capability program for the member beneficiary, serves as market with reasonable buying and selling price, mobilize and maximize resources for continuous cooperation, promote the value of equity, cooperation, sharing, social responsibility and fair trade, and provide appropriate financial services to members and other clients.
With the abundance of abaca in Lake Sebu, T’boli women made use of these to produce excellent T’nalak weaving. They are also highly skilled in sewing, wood carving, brass casting, bamboo crafts, loom weaving, bead works, and embroidery.
Resembling Gono Kem Bo-I or the T’Boli Princess’ House, the COWHED office in Tuko-Fol, Poblacion, Lake Sebu also serves as a showroom for its products. They sell a wide array of souvenirs at very affordable and reasonable prices. Below it is a two-storey building for the T’nalak and loom weaving and sewing.
So when you visit Lake Sebu, make sure to drop by at COWHED and give support to its advocacy by buying some of the souvenirs they have there. The money you spend makes a difference in the lives of our T’boli brothers and sisters.