People will not believe it when they hear the success story of Batangas residents Raquel and Reynante Manimtim. The couple got featured in the news magazine show Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho. Their small siomai stall in front of their old home now turned to a booming business earning thousands of pesos a day.
The couple started worked at a hole in the wall restaurant with Reynante as a cook. While they worked together, they decided to buy a house which they paid in installment. After completing payments, they left their jobs to venture on their own.
“Kalimitang tanong samin kung tumama kami sa lotto. Ako yung sagot ko po, hindi, tumama kami sa siomai.”
Reynante and Raquel moved in to their new home. At that time, the play looked like a abandoned garage. All they had left in their pockets was Php 1,000. Despite this, the couple did not give up. They used their remaining money as a capital for small fish ball business in their neighborhood.
However, their small business didn’t earn them enough money as they needed and all they had left was Php 100. It was the lowest point in their relationship, but the couple persevered. They decided to use the money they have to buy ingredient for banana-que. Raquel made the sweet merienda while Reynante sold it around Batangas on foot.
Back then, the couple earned an average of Php 100-150 each day. Realizing, this was not enough for their family, they decided to make home-made siomai. The new addition to their business became a hit and they soon got enough money to buy a bike with a sidecar made out of bamboo.
Through couple’s unwavering determination, they earned enough to buy themselves a better food cart. They took a Php 25,000 loan from the bank to upgrade their equipment and to buy new ones. In less that one year, their business grew from one small food cart to six.
Since then, their business grew and grew. Now they earn around Php 45,000-48,000 in just one day! They are living proof that success comes from hard work and determination.
Watch their full story below: