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NegoKart leads family to better life

 

Evelyn Sanchez, 40 years old, was among the 50 residents of Bautista, Pangasinan who benefitted from the P750,000  worth of Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKart) assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I in June 2014. 

Three years after, her family already owns a sari-sari-store and a tricycle – all fruits of hard work and perseverance.  

“Basang sisiw” was how Evelyn Sanchez jokingly referred to herself every time she was soaked by the rain while riding her old unroofed vending cart to scour highways and streets to sell her merchandise. 

Her routes usually include barangays in Bautista, Alcala, Bayambang in the province of Pangasinan and even Moncada in the nearby province of Tarlac.  

The 40-year-old resident of Bautista once thought of discontinuing her vending activity.  But it was the prospect of higher income that prompted her to abandon the idea.  With a mobile cart, she can go around different places to sell her goods which consisted of cooked food, snacks, drinks and many others. 

Through the NegoKart assistance, Evelyn’s old rustic vending cart was replaced with a new one with roof and a design wherein she can neatly stack up her commodities.  

The assistance was complemented with working capital; training on production skills, entrepreneurship and business management; business permits, and mobilization fund from the local government unit of Bautista. 

“Hindi na ako nauulanan o naaarawan kapag nagtitinda kasi may bubong na ang aking cart. Mas marami pa akong naikakargang paninda,” she said. 

She was also able to diversify and increase her goods because of the capital assistance she received under the project, Evelyn told. 

The financial management training component of the project was also useful, she said, as it helped her properly manage not only her earnings, but also that of her husband who is a part-time tricycle driver and tractor operator.  

“Inihihiwalay ko po iyong mga kinikita ko sa bawat paninda ko para malaman ko kung alin ang pinakamabenta at hindi” she added. 

She also learned to set aside portion of their income for savings and emergency fund which she deposits in the bank. 

“Dahil sa NegoKart hindi lang nadagdagan ang aming kita. Natuto akong palaguin ang bawat sentimong kinikita namin para mapaganda ang aming buhay,” Evelyn said. 

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the NegoKart is a livelihood grant of up to maximum P20,000 for individual ambulant vendors given in the form of cart, raw materials and tools.  

“The DOLE livelihood program provides a very lucrative source of income for those who cannot find wage employment,” Director Lacambra said. 

He said the program is being implemented to assist workers in the informal economy, especially the marginalized and vulnerable, in engaging in self-employment undertakings to augment their income, create employment opportunities and inspire growth at the local level. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from DOLE-EPFO

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2018-08-22
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