Woment members of the Buhi Ecuminical Development Association, Inc. (BEDAI) are making handicraft items out of water hyacinth (more popularly called water lily) from Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur. The products include table runners, placemats, canisters, bags, slippers and wall decors.
The BEDAI members are wives of farmers engaged in the development projects of the Department of Agriculture in the municipality. The members sought the help of the Department of Trade and Industry and a local non-government organization to start a local water-lily-based small to medium-size enterprise.
Considered a weed, the water hyacinth can live and reproduce while floating on the surface of freshwaters. The plant size ranges from 6 inches to 38 inches, depending on its growing condition. It can multiply very fast and could cause infestation of large areas of water in no time, creating various problems.