DOST Beneficiary bags award as Successful Woman Entrepreneur

Mrs. Sarah Guarte, a beneficiary of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga reaped an award as Successful Women Entrepreneur in Caraga during the Celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017 at the Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City. The awards were given to the outstanding women who thrived in the business sector in Caraga.

Mrs. Sarah Guarte, owner of the Sarah’s Cakes and Pastries is one of the seven Women Entrepreneurs who were recognized by the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) in their contribution to the business sector in Caraga. A long-time client of the SETUP Program of DOST, Sarah has proved to successfully apply the different technologies, trainings and other capacity development opportunities provided by DOST in operating her business firm.

Mrs. Sarah Guarte together with the other awardees of Successful Women Entrepreneurs in Caraga Region


Road to Entrepreneurial Success

Like any other accomplished entrepreneur, Sarah’s business journey began in small and humble beginnings. Before she discovered baking, Sarah started out by cooking and selling native delicacies. Her mother’s interest in baking drove her to explore the world of cake-making. She developed her passion in cooking after many attempts of baking cakes in her own kitchen.

Receiving favorable reactions and comments, it encouraged her to put an edge on her skills. After years of carefully crafting her skills in baking, Sarah was able to establish a cake production facility in 2004. Sarah’s enduring dedication and commitment to her business has placed her as one of the twenty Outstanding Caraga Women Entrepreneurs in 2010 by the Department of Trade and Industry – Caraga.

Her application in the SETUP Program of DOST has also aided Sarah’s business in establishing four branch stores of her firm in Surigao del Sur. She was able to increase her sales from 400,000 Php to 1,000,000 Php. Just recently, Sarah Guarte was able to build a new cake production facility that was based on the recommendation of DOST’s Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program (MPEX) consultants.

The new cake production facility of Sarah Guarte Cakes and Party Needs in Tandag City.


 SETUP empowers women

Women’s participation in the workforce greatly enhances productivity and fosters economic growth. They represent a substantial force for sustainable development. The crucial part is getting resources for the working women, allowing them to thrive in their economic environments so that they may, in turn, foster the success of local communities.

The Department of Science and Technology, thru the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading program, encourages and assists MSMEs to adopt technology innovations to improve their operations, productivity and competitiveness. The program enables firms to address their technical problems through technology transfer and technology interventions.