Dina Lava
Aduas, Cabanatuan City
Sweet Returns Of Hard Work
Parting with a valued property is not easy. But this became an option to Dina Lava, 62, of Brgy. Aduas, Cabanatuan City. In 1989, she sold a much-loved Volkswagen for P36,000 and pursue her dream- sweets and pastry making business. The proceeds from the same became her initial capital.
Joan Martinez
Sampaloc, Talavera, Nueva Ecija
Terrible Beginning To Better Living
The reality was there. They were poor. They did not have enough food to eat, nor money to spend, or nice clothes to wear and no budget for relaxation and fun. Joan Martinez, 29 of Sampaloc, Talavera, Nueva Ecija was always realistic, yet ambitious enough to make her present life, with husband Michael and three beautiful kids equally beautiful and comfortable.
Editha Nilo
Cauayan City, Isabela
'Sipag at Tiyaga' is the Way
She did not only give lip service to 'Sipag at Tiyaga' working maxim; she put it to reality to the maximum. This maxim was Editha Nilo's hidden capital in addition to the ASKI loan she had in 2006 as her starting capital in her full-blast food processing business.
Maricel Quiap
Baler, Aurora
Carving Small Dreams Into Big Success
At the age of 15, Maricel Quiap of Baler, Aurora got married to Bernard Quiap. Their early marriage gave many challenges to them. To earn for a living, the couple turned into fish and bread vending. She recalls, "My husband and I worked together. We helped each other for survival. I vend fishes while he sells bread."
Aurea Ramil
Cutog Grande, Reina Mercedes, Isabela
Optimism Is Her Key To Victory
Aurea Ramil, a joyful ASKIan, 45, married of Cutog Grande, Reina Mercedes, Isabela, a BS Social Work graduate of St. Paul University, Tuguegarao did not become successful overnight. Having married early to Pedrito, an industrious farmer, she was not able to be employed instantly. To augment the family income, she started her sari-sari store business with P10,000 own capital. However, it failed because of its inability to compete with bigger sari-sari store owners.
Precy Rayo
Kinalanguyan, Talavera, Nueva Ecija
Partner Reaps The Golden Harvest
Precy started her sari-sari store business with an initial capital of P5,000 in Brgy. Kinalanguyan, Talavera, Nueva Ecija. As time went by, more items were added such as rice, gas, and even farm and agricultural supplies. Precy manages the sari-sari store while her husband Librado is a farmer working in their 3.5 hectare farm land. Living in a community, where farming is a major source of livelihood, the couple decided to offer agricultural supplies to answer the needs for farm inputs of the farmers in the community.
Florentina Sanglay
San Isidro, Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija
Determination, Perseverance Spell Business Success
"It was in 1985 when my family life started struggling for survival. Pigpen served as our home; my husband was a fisherman earning money fitted for one day living. I helped him in selling fishes. We walked from Sta. Rosa to San Isidro during the day. It was hard but we never gave up because of our children," recalls Florentina Sanglay, 62, of San Isidro, Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija.
Ricardo Santos
San Miguel, Bulacan
Sweets Gave Him The Sweetest Income
"Ito ang aking passion, ginusto ko itong business na ito, minahal ko at na-improve para magkaroon ng magandang kalidad ang aking mga produkto," says Ricardo Santos of San Miguel, Bulacan. A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Ricardo opted to put up a mini grocery store in 1995 instead of practicing his profession.
Rosemarie Urcia
Santa Ana, Cagayan
Being A DH Is Not Forever
Medication for sick loved ones. Good education for siblings and children. Modest homes. The need to survive. Poverty. These, and many more reasons pushed Filipinos to seek employment abroad. For single parent Rosemarie Urcia of Sta. Ana, Cagayan Valley, one of these reasons, the need to provide for her family strongly influenced her to leave the Philippines and work abroad.
Eduardo Valdez
Faigal, Guimba, Nueva Ecija
Undergraduate Finds Luck In Seed Growing
Although he did not finish college, Eduardo Q. Valdez, 48 of Brgy. Faigal, Guimba, Nueva Ecija is now one of the successful seed growers in his town. In1983, when Eduardo married his wife Imelda, his parents gave him a two-hectare farm land as a wedding gift. However, he was faced with problems like lack of capital, high interest rates among loan providers and high cost of fertilizer and other farm inputs in managing the land.
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