CARD MRI Astro Laboratories, an institution under the CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), celebrates its 3rd anniversary on August 6, 2022.
CARD Astro was established in 2019, months before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The global health emergency cemented CARD Astro as a vital institution not only for CARD MRI, but to the general public, as it provided essential products like alcohol, sanitizers, and liquid hand soap immediately at the onset of the pandemic.
“Everything works according to God’s time. Right before the pandemic happened, our institution was established. We are grateful that our timely inclusion in CARD MRI allowed us to serve the communities, enabling us to contribute to the over-all goal of poverty eradication,” said CARD Astro President Ms. Grace Quiza Contreras.
As the world prepares to recover from the pandemic, CARD Astro also started to offer other products such as perfumes, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. Home essentials such as dishwashing liquid, disinfectant, and multi-purpose liquid cleaner were also introduced in 2021 and 2022.
On April 28, 2021, CARD Astro received its License to Operate (LTO) from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) that allows the company to produce and trade its products in the market. CARD Astro then opened its laboratory located in Barangay Tranca, Bay, Laguna, which significantly increases its production capability and capacity.
“Because of the increase in demand for our products, we were also able to provide new job opportunities for the community members in Bay, Laguna. We have part-time workers who are students of CARD-MRI Development Institute, Inc.,” Contreras explained.
In the next years to come, CARD Astro plans to pursue more organic product lines and create a bigger impact to the community to uplift more socially-and-economically challenged families align to CARD MRI’s mission to eradicate poverty.