“Life has been a lot easier with the “Negokart,” quips Ma. Lourdes de Guzman as she positions her cart in front of the Laoag City Social Welfare Office where she sells cooked food and other edible goods.
Three months ago, Lourdes was among the five residents of Laoag City who received carts under the Department of Labor and Employment’s Negosyo sa Kariton (Negokart) project. She relates how the assistance served to increase her economic opportunities and her capacity to earn more for her family through vending.
“Before, I had to walk around, move from house to house to sell just small items my measly capital allowed me to put up,” Malou recalls. “Small items” consisted of candies, biscuits and some junk foods. “In that state, I never had a stable source of income,” she adds.
Now touted as “Honesty Store”, the vending cart is usually left by Lourdes while she attends to personal requests from City Hall employees, from whom she receives additional income by being an “errand lady”. She says customers can just pick the goods they need and leave their payments in a box. A message, saying “Lakuan lattan ti gumatang ti bagbagina, ta ni Apo Dios ti mangdusa kadagiti saan nga agbayad ken agul-ulbod” (Help yourself. God knows who does not pay.) hangs on the cart to remind people on honesty. “The strategy works!” she exclaims.
For a single parent with two children to support, Lourdes equates the Negokart with “good fortune” or “blessing”. “For just a minimal P900 annual fee collected by the City Government of Laoag, we get the chance to peddle our commodities anywhere in the city,” shares Lourdes. The Negokart has afforded her the opportunity to earn daily gross sales amounting to P1,000.00.
Ms. Analyn Guerrero also has her own story to tell. For a long time, vending meant raking through the streets of their barangay on foot and with “bilao” on her head.
She recalls how she would feel worn out when she got home from vending. “It was drudgery with too little return,” she utters.
Negokart turned everything around for her. Now, on her vending cart, she moves along the streets of their barangay. “I bring to my customers vegetables, fish, meat, frozen/processed food and native delicacies right at their doorsteps,” she narrates.
A mother to five children, Analyn now generates decent profit through the help of the vending cart. “I earn a daily net profit of P700. It is a big contribution to our family’s income,” she discloses.
She also plans to add to her commodities cooked food for employees and students now that she does not have to carry a “bilao”.
Lourdes and Analyn. Both are mothers. Both are vendors. Both have been blessed with a cart that will give them a “ride” to better life.
The Negokart project assists ambulant vendors in making their existing livelihood undertakings grow into profitable and sustainable businesses, making their income level at par with that of the minimum wage earners.
Each vendor-beneficiary was provided with a total of P15,000.00 in fund assistance. This includes a vending cart and livelihood tools costing P12,000.00, working capital amounting to P2,500.00 and training assistance worth P500.00. asv w/ ld
Last Updated on March 10, 2022 by lopezhn