More Income From Flourishing Dried Fish Venture
Many Filipinos got turn off with the strong smell of dried fishes but not May Fores of Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac City. She proved that there is nothing fishy in a lucrative business.

In 2002, May started selling dried fishes in her hometown because of its great potential. "We were influenced by the boss of my husband who is a Chinese and was a dried fish dealer. My husband and I saw the potential of selling dried fishes in the market and we agreed to make it as a business," May shares.

Learning from the difficulties she experienced during her younger years, May was determined to move out of poverty.

"To earn a living back then was difficult for us. We ate once a day. We had no place that can be called home. We were so poor. Along with my family's struggle for survival were my sibling and father's deteriorating health condition," May recalls.

Her desire to have more income brought her to Alalay Sa Kaunlaran, Inc. in Tarlac City. She requested for a loan that she can use as capital in her business. As a new client, she was initially loaned P5,000.

She used the money wisely that gave positive results. The business grew and her income was doubled in the same year.

May continued her relationship with ASKI, in fact she is now on her 10th year as an ASKI client. Because of her potential as a leader she has been chosen as the center chief of Vargas center in Tarlac for many years. Her cheerful heart has been one of the characteristics that people liked about her.

Being a positive person, May ably surpassed life's challenges. She’s tougher and stronger now. Her past inspired her to strive harder for a better and brighter future for her children.

May is now in the harvesting period of her life. She saves money; she helps the needy; she provides labor; and she shares her blessings. A loving aunt that she is, May legally adopted her nieces and nephews and were able to send them to college.

"I am thankful to God for all the blessings He has given me. Secondly, to ASKI who provided my business needs and I am grateful for that," May said.

A now well-grown entrepreneur, May was able to open other businesses like direct selling and sari-sari store. She plans to put up her own storage of dried fishes and convert the lot she acquired into fishpond.

"We deserve to taste the sweetness of life only if we will learn to work and strive hard for it."

When asked what could be considered as her key to success, May is quick to say that its "diligence and wise spending."
"To earn a living back then was difficult for us. We ate once a day. We had no place that can be called home. We were so poor. Along with my family's struggle for survival were my sibling and father's deteriorating health condition."
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