LARENA, SIQUIJOR? "Bagoong" is a famous condiment in the Philippines.
For Siquijornons who live in Central Visayas, bagoong isda (fish sauce) goes well with vegetables and a perfect dip for green mango or saba banana.
Bagoong isda is also the perfect source of income for hardworking wife and mother Remy Maglangit of Barangay Helen, who got her big break from Operation Blessing.
Remy pursued entrepreneurship because her husband rarely gets hired as a contractual laborer. When he does get a job, he only gets P150 a day.
Since he does not make enough money to cover the family?s growing needs and expenses, Remy had to pitch in.
?Every day, we either ate eggs or salted dried fish, because that?s all my husband?s earnings can afford. Having instant noodles worth P5 on our dining table was already a feast,? said Remy, who struggles to balance their budget for their daily needs such as food, their children?s healthcare and school fees.
Remy is only a high school graduate. Poverty stopped her from pursuing college studies.
Now, as a mother, she strives hard to support her children?s education so they can have better chances in life by wholeheartedly pursuing her business.
Diligence and persistence mark Remy?s reputation as an aspiring entrepreneur. She buys and sells goods to help sustain their everyday necessities.
?I try to buy anything from the market and I go from house to house to resell it,? she said.
?Thank you to Operation Blessing. I am so happy because I can provide better for my children, give them more nutritious food and attend to their needs. Now I know that God never forgets even people like us,? said Remy, who did not expect to get more than just free checkup and medicines during Operation Blessing?s medical mission in Larena.
Operation Blessing provided Remy with the support and the funds to start a microenterprise involving bagoong isda and salted dried fish.
Operation Blessing Philippines is the humanitarian arm of CBN Asia, producer of the daily inspirational TV show The 700 Club Asia.
OB exemplifies compassion through medical missions, disaster relief, community development, microenterprise activities, and construction of potable water sources in underserved communities all over the country.
(To know more about OB projects and how to partner, call 8120581 or 8120592 or visit www.obphil.com.)