Kwentong Negosyo of Nieves Orquinal-Italia
Small and manageable but diverse in scale is the formula that Nieves upholds as an entrepreneur. She manages a range of small enterprises that comprises a sari-sari (variety goods) store, piggery, and fish vending. “The store is my anchor business because it brings daily income which we use to buy food. I also sell my husband Joel’s daily fish catch. On the sale of fish, we get the money to cover other household expenses, such as children’s education, water and electricity, house construction and repair, etc. The hogs serve literally as my ‘piggy banks’. It provides lump-sum of money twice a year from the sale of piglets, ” shares Nieves.
Life was hard when the family depended only on fishing in the coastal village of Dalupaon, Pasacao, Camarines Sur. When the weather is good and the sea is calm, Joel, catches fish in the coastal