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OFW returnee sustains livelihood through an Internet Cafe
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 (Source: NRCO)
ROCHELLE VILLALOBOS LOOD of Purok Red Rose Miputak, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte started her Internet Café business last May 10, 2010 prior to her employment abroad. Her start-up capitalization for the business was in a loan amount of Php 50,000 from a local lending company and with the money, she purchased three (3) second hand computer units to start the operation of her shop and named it “JOHNDAREN INTERNET CAFÉ” which is located in their family owned lot in Purok Miputak.

In 2012 Rochelle went abroad to work as a Domestic Helper in the United Arab Emirates purposely to earn money to finance her internet business and to provide the financial needs of her family leaving her husband Danilo to personally manage the business operation of the shop. Unfornately, Rochelle wasn’t able to finish her contract due to problems encountered with her employment. She only worked abroad for three (3) months and in the same year of 2012 eventually returned back in the country for good. Upon her return, she applied for the NRCO funded livelihood assistance hoping for its approval and once again with her husband, they applied for another loan with GE a local lending company in Dipolog. With the loan, they were able to purchase several computer units to complement the previous inventory of computer units.

In 2014, the livelihood assistance of Rochelle with NRCO was finally approved in a form of Php 10,000 check and was personally handed over to her at DOLE Zamboanga del Norte field Office last April 9, 2014 under the facilitation of NRCO Regional Reintegration Coordinator for Region IX Sherwin R. Mendizabel and field Office in Charge Judith Benedicto.

With the livelihood assistance, Rochelle wishes to upgrade her inventory and intends to channel the amount to purchase several computer accessories such as head sets, mouse, keyboards, camera and speaker. As of this writing, with the amount received from NRCO, she was able to purchase a colored printer to complement her business.

To date her Internet Café has a total of eleven (11) computer units including accessories and the business on the averageis earning about Php 500 to Php 1,000 in a day of operation.

For Rochelle, to be an entrepreneur one must take and accept risks and this is exemplified on how she initially funded her business operation.

Documented by Sherwin R. Mendizabel, NRCO-9

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