MANILA, Philippines – In less than a year after "My Puhunan" helped several aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses, positive changes were already seen in their lives.
One of these entrepreneurs is single mother and polio victim Annaliza Dizon, who used to earn a living as a vendor in a public market.
In November 2013, Dizon was given a high-powered sewing machine by Arthur Tugade, the founder of the Perry’s Group of Companies.
Tugade, who himself had to go through poverty before becoming a self-made millionaire, saw Dizon’s hard work and determination in achieving her dreams of providing better lives for her children.
Today, Dizon is no longer selling at the wet market and works full-time for her clothing business, which is making at least P4,000 a month.
She also reports to the Perry’s Group office to learn best practices from Tugade’s employees.
Annaliza Dizon. Photo from My Puhunan Facebook page
Through her business, Dizon can now afford to pay for her daughter’s college tuition.
“Nakatulong kasi hindi ka na umaasa sa mga tao. At least nakukuha mo na pinaghirapan mo. Kung maglago ang negosyo ko, gusto ko katulad din ng tumulong sa akin, gusto ko din makatulong sa iba,” she said on “My Puhunan.”
A couple from Antipolo, Joel and Jean Divinagracia, also reaped the benefits of being mentored by Nora Salvane, the founder of GT Cosmetics.
In September last year, Salvane taught the Divinagracias how to make papaya soap from their own home.
The couple now sells around 105 bars of soap a day and earns P14,000 a month.
From earning only P250 a day, they can now earn as much as P3,500 a day through orders that come from as far as Bicol and Quezon province.
M and J Papaya Soap. Photo from My Puhunan Facebook page
“Malaki ang pagbabago sa amin kasi hindi tulad sa dati namin na kapag may hinihingi ang anak ko wala akong maibigay,” said Jean Divinagracia.
The homemade soaps are also a hit to their neighbors in Antipolo and to the classmates of their eldest daughter.
“Huwag kayo mawawalan ng pag-asa dahil ako dati talagang mahina ang loob ko pero noong dumating ito, lumakas ang loob ko at talagang pinapatuloy ko,” said Joel.
“My Puhunan,” hosted by Karen Davila, recently celebrated its first anniversary through a one-day “kabuhayan caravan,” which was attended by more than 250 participants.