Yolanda Clemencia
San Isidro, Baggao, Cagayan
From Zero Assets to Multiple Resources
Yolanda "Yoly" Clemencia, 40, married to Larry Clemencia, a mother of four from San Isidro, Baggao, Cagayan started as an entrepreneur with a minimal capital. In 1995, she opened her small store with a P3,000-worth of groceries owed from a relative. She paid this on installment basis. Her husband, on the other hand was a regular construction driver in Tuguegarao with P50 daily salary.
Delmar Duginon
Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya
Recovering Dreams From Personal Loss
When typhoon "Yoyong" struck the country in 2003, Delmar Duginon, 34, of Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya was not spared by the damage caused by the calamity. Many properties and businesses were lost including that of Delmar. He was managing a rice retailing business back then. "I lost my business that resulted to great debt. I just thank the Lord because no one from my loved ones got hurt from the said typhoon," recalls Delmar.
Rosalinda Espana
Suklayin, Baler, Aurora
Earning More From Sabutan Handicrafts
From her native but elegantly designed sabutan handicrafts, Rosalinda T. Espaņa, of Brgy. Suklayin, Baler, Aurora proves that she doesn't need to be a corporate executive to earn a good income every month. Sabutan is a specie of pandan that grows from two to four meters tall and can be found in mountains, terrains and forested areas.
May Fores
Santa Ignacia, Tarlac
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.
Nanette Gacias
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Single Mom Gets College Diploma, Succeeds In Business
Who would have thought that a single mother who had an early marriage and unable to finish college would later become successful in her business and receive a diploma at the same time? Nanette T. Gacias of Tuguegarao City did. Marriage at an early age did not stop her to pursue her business and most importantly getting a college degree. She finished Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Management at the same year.
Zenaida Guray
Maria Aurora, Aurora
Inspiring Couple Starts From Nothing
Zenaida, 55 and Domingo Guray, 60 of Maria Aurora, Aurora started with nothing when they got married in 1979. They never experienced having expensive gifts unlike other newlyweds who started comfortably. All they can remember was a small piggybank. The couple grew up poor so they were used to living in poverty. Zenaida was working as a household help when she met Domingo or Domeng, a farmer.
KALASAG Farmers Producers Cooperative
San Jose City, Nueva Ecija
Onion Farmers Get Assured Market
Onion farmers in Barangays Kaliwanagan and San Agustin in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija have one good reason to be glad. This is because marketing their produce is no longer a problem.Through the project bridging the farmers to the Jollibee food supply chain, the members of the KALASAG (Brgys. Kaliwanagan and San Agustin) Farmers Producers Cooperative are now benefitting from the value chain system project.
Anita Ladores
Dingalan, Aurora
Big Catch From The Right Choice
Being wrong in the first business made her realized that she can even have more than earning a small income. How? By choosing the right one. For 15 years, Anita Ladores, 58, of Dingalan, Aurora and her husband Angel were managing a rattan business. Unfortunately, her business for so many years didn't turn out to be successful due to low income, insufficient capital and the crab mentality of some hometown folks. She also found out that rattan products were not that easy to market.
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.
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