[Kapatid Mentor ME Program Mentees’ Stories] Sweet & Sour: Entrepreneurial success

Virginia Piano’s family originally wanted to create something special to give to her co-teacher. But this eureka moment gave her family an opportunity to have an alternative source of income.

Having only less than P5,000 as capital, Virginia Piano started producing products made of muscovado, suka (vinegar), and tubo (sugarcane) in 2005.

After KMME, the business improved its product and target market. VP Piano Food Products was given a 150,000 peso-worth of loan from Bantog, Ilocos Sur cooperative. Department of Science and Technology also provided product storing equipment.

For Virginia, KMME equipped her with the appropriate knowledge especially to small business owners like her. “Ang KMME ay nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga kagaya ko na nagsisimula pa lang.”

Right now, the business is planning to improve the packaging of its products as well as managing its financial aspect.


The Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) is a joint program of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo and Department of Trade and Industry which aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs scale up their business through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship to be held in Negosyo Centers nationwide. New batches of KMME will roll out nationwide this 2018! #DTIGoNegosyoMentorME