#kolpingworks on the Philippines: Cohesion and commitment bring about change
On the Philippines, the young Kolping Family “Sagrada Familia” is a successful example for the work of the association. The Kolping Family grew from originally 28 to 392 active members who are organized in 9 parishes. Through their way of living, their community spirit and their commitment, the Kolping members are known in their communities as competent initiators for changes. Together they set up a cooperative store that was financed by KOLPING microcredits. It allows small businesses in rural areas to buy at a better price. Moreover, they opened a bakery which now bakes more than 10,000 loaves of breads every day. These businesses have provided work for many members – and bread for the Kolping community. At the same time, the Kolping Family shares its faith during the joint prayer and lives the values of Kolping. Thus, the “Sagrada Familia” has become a model and impetus for grassroots ecclesial communities.