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Not because she has opted to stay home to take care of the family, she has already abandoned the thought of contributing to the household income. Meet Joan, a housewife who was able to make the most of her time at home by managing a rice retail business. Juggling home and store upkeep can be tough, but she is determined to seize the opportunity.

Her world used to revolve around the family home alone. As a full-time family woman, she would spend most of her time looking after the growth and development of her daughter. This may have meant a limited household budget but she understands that giving her child the motherly attention in early childhood has no price tag. She had to make ends meet until such time when she has enough time to spare.


The chance of earning for the family came just in time when she can accommodate additional responsibility. Her daughter is already in school and now she can spend some of her time in productive activities. It is not surprising why she opened her doors when the prospect of getting into a small business came knocking.

Joan applied for a Kabuhayan Formation Project under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). It was a decision that would make a difference in the family budget. She mustered the courage to personally apply for a livelihood project at the Laguna Provincial Office headed by Director Guido R. Recio. The determined housewife was up for a new challenge.

She applied for a rice retail package. Upon approval of the grant, she received nine sacks of rice as start-up capital for the small business. She will have to learn the ropes in managing the small rice retail undertaking to be able to sustain the flow of income to the household. This way, she can continuously contribute to the family.


DOLE Calabarzon Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman has been cognizant of the determination of housewives like Joan who would like to become accomplished businesswomen in their own right. The Office provides technical support to livelihood grant beneficiaries by way of training on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and productivity. These are only among the bundle of assistance available through the DILP along with micro-insurance and continuing business advisory services.

Before the release of the kabuhayan package, the beneficiaries undergo an orientation on the submission of monthly reports. This will enable the Office to closely monitor the progress of these livelihood undertakings. It is also the best way of ensuring that the projects will become sustainable for further growth.

Joan is among the 309 individual beneficiaries provided with livelihood grants at DOLE Laguna. They have undergone the interview, validation visit, and orientation from Senior Labor and Employment Focal, Ms. Lorena Gacosta along with the provincial livelihood development specialist. The same assistance has also been provided to qualified workers’ associations.

More than a housewife, Joan is now a proprietor of a small livelihood undertaking. Nonetheless, she keeps herself on her toes in carrying out her responsibility as a mother and a wife. All it takes is proper management of her time.


Labor Information Officer
DOLE Laguna Provincial Office

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