Ana, and her husband, Rolly, and their 4 young children live in the impoverished area of San Isidro, Northern Samar. Their life has been marked by constant financial strain.
Although Rolly has a regular job in a construction company, still they barely manage to scrape by. To help in their finances, Ana sells fried chicken around the community. When she gave birth to their youngest child, Jecelle, she decided to stop her business to tend to the needs of her family. However, to make ends meet, they had spent the capital they have for Ana’s business.
But Ana knew she could do more. And cooking is what she does best.
The Bless-A-Child (BAC) Program sponsored Jecelle, who was found as malnourished at that time, with daily meal and medical checkups for a year. To provide a long-lasting help to Jecelle and her family, OB gave a starting capital to Ana, which she used to revive her business. For Ana, this is an answered prayer.
Ana started cooking fried chicken, which became a hit in their community. But after 6 months, more people also started doing the same thing as their livelihood, and her business weakened because of this. Ana does not want her capital to be wasted so she thought of selling kakanin (native delicacies) again. “Only a few of us cook and sell this,” Ana has shared.
During the exit check-up and interview for the BAC program, it was noted that Jecelle’s health has improved and Ana’s livelihood continued to sustain them alongside her husband’s income.
Today, Ana and Rolly’s business continues to thrive and grow in their community and they are looking into new ways to increase their profit. They produce their kakanin four hours a day, so Ana has more time to devote to their children.
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