Small and Medium Entrepreneurs -- People who Inspire
December 26, 2007 12:03am CST
I had my first Microentreprenur Of The Year experience last November. It was a nerve-warping experience (hahaha!)... anyways, masaya naman. I got to mingle with one of the winners, Ms. Saturnina Diez. I fetched her together with her loan officer from the airport. Ms. Diez's story was familiar to me because I was asked by my office to provide subtitles to her testimonials in the video. Ms. Diez is from Cebu, and she's a vegetable and fruit farmer. Her story is quite inspiring. Imagine, her husband used to work as a farmer/tenant of a certain land lord (and they solely depend on the husband's income) ... but because of her entrepreneurial intelligence, now they farm their own land and they even provide income to their neighbors/ community. She wanted her children to finish their studies, because it was something that she and her husband did not achieve. Nanay was quite shy. It was her first time to go to Manila, and she said that she has relatives here. In one of our exchanges, I told her that her story is something... I wish I had a title of my own piece of land, she just smiled. She said that farming is not easy and, like any mothers, she wanted to spare her children from the hardships. She has big dreams for her family. And her faith keeps her going. Most of the awardees have unique stories, all were quite inspiring. The moment I saw them, a feeling of star-struckness struck me. I wish I were like them, totally, financially independent, and whole (very whole) as a person.
31 Dec 07
Not necessarily. This person in particular started out as someone who farms other lands, but because of perserverance and passion, she was able to buy her ownland and is now doing business. Eventually, she was able to overcome poverty, and I can say that she is one of well-off people in the country. :)