Another woman entrepreneur named Winner

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mary Claire Abarquez started a sari-sari store business in 2007 with a capital of P50,000. Her business now earns P900,000 a month. (Allan Tangcawan)

MARY Claire Abarquez of Brgy. Guizo, Mandaue City was crowned grand winner for this year’s Search for Women In Need, Now Entrepreneurs (Winners).

The 30-year old entrepreneur, who started selling at the age of six, bested 19 other candidates during the Grand Finals night held last week at the Mandaue City Sports Complex.

“Happy kaayo ko, wala ko mag-expect nga ako ang mudaog ilabi na nga maayo pud akong mga kauban nga women entrepreneurs,” Abarquez told Sun.Star Cebu.


She said it was hard work, determination and faith that made her become a successful entrepreneur.

Abarquez won P50,000 in cash on top of other prizes.

Other top winners include Flordelyn Patigayon of Brgy. Canduman, who won the second place with a cash prize of P20,000, Roselyn Abing of Brgy. Basak won the first place and took home a cash prize of P30,000. Named the most promising candidate was Rolliet Barrientos of Brgy. Tabok. She won a cash prize of P10,000.

The winners also won Technical Vocational Training in any of the following short term
courses in commercial cooking, food and beverage, housekeeping, and computer hardware servicing.

Asked what she will do with the money, Abarquez said she will set aside a significant amount as additional capital to grow her business while a portion of the money she won will be donated to the Franciscan Sisters Pro Infante Et Familia in Talamban.

“They are the people who helped me finish my college and I’d like to share my success with them,” she said.

Now that a lot of women micro-entrepreneurs would look up to her success, Abarquez said she will always be willing to help her co-women entrepreneurs succeed in their own field of business through sharing the best practices she implemented in her business.

“Women should develop the habit of saving,” she said.

Abarquez started her sari-sari store in 2007 with a capital of P50,000, she began selling rice and corn and general merchandise. Her business is now earning P900,000 a month. She plans to build another branch in Mandaue.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2014.


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