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Timeona Mallo Ramos hails from Malabbac, Iguig, Cagayan. She has three children and her husband is a carpenter. At the age of 53, her hope for a successful life never waned.  She has been a manicurist for 25 years, and every day she goes out and does the nails of strangers to earn for a living.

But in the year 2014, Ramos was a recipient of the DOLE Starter Kit project. She was provided with P10,000.00 worth of materials, tools, and equipment that empowered her to improve and expand her livelihood and help generate employment.   According to her, the Starter Kit program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was a blessing from heaven. It answered her wanting for resources, tools, and equipment for her livelihood. The job is laborious and tedious but when it is done with love, it becomes leisure and it is fun doing it, she added.

And just last year, she was able to put her own parlor to cater to her growing number of customers. She hired two manicurists/beauticians to help her serve their daily clients in her salon.

She said that humility, commitment, and desire helped her sustain such livelihood so she could send her children to college, “Sa araw-araw na paglilinis ng kuko ng mga suki ko, ang nagiging daan upang makatapos ng kolehiyo ang dalawa kong anak habang kasalukuyang nagaaral pa ang bunso ko. Ang panganay kong anak ay nakatapos ng kursong Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) ang pangalawa naman ay nakatapos ng kursong Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology major in Automotive”.   Two of her children are now working in government and private agencies.

 Before the assistance from DOLE, her daily income was pegged at P300.00, but with the Starter Kit, her daily income went up to P800.00 pesos

“Life is so difficult for me, I did not complain because I know that God loves His children so much and He is giving trials to make us strong and to have faith in Him.”, said Ramos. end/FCA


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