Maria's Sisters: A Rice Crisis

by: Safa Manala-O

Publication Date: November 9, 2016
Length: 5 pages
Product ID#: 1-006-800

Core Disciplines: Communications, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Social Impact, Strategy & Management

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Maria’s Sisters recently launched a livelihood project for its members, composed of women of the Velez district on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The program distributed bags of rice to the women to sell for income. The inaugural attempt was met with failure when 80% of the participants ate their share instead of selling it. Before distributing more rice to sell, the organization’s president attempted to more fully explain what was expected with this project but was met with disagreements from various factions regarding not only the project, but the future of Maria’s Sisters. Students are asked to consider the viewpoints and concerns of each faction to determine how the organization should proceed.