It has been two years since Carmencita Aspiras turned around her home-based business – a sari-sari store she opened to help cover her family's expenses, including her children's allowances and college tuitions.
Like most sari-sari stores in the country, Aspiras ran hers for the first two years based on her own perception of how it should be managed. Completing the
"From earning P2,500 to P3,000 daily ($50 to $60) by implementing what I learned from the program, my store now earns an average of P5,000 daily (more than $100),” she said.
But doubling her store's daily earnings actually isn’t what struck Aspiras most about the
"I was able to let my children finish school, and business is thriving. If not for the program, I wouldn't have the opportunity to be here in front of you," Aspiras said during a meeting on Oct. 10 with John Murphy, president of The Coca-Cola Company's Asia Pacific Group.
Murphy was in the country with other
"When the program started, people inside and outside the company were wondering if it was possible to empower five million women around the world,” Murphy said during the roundtable in Manila. “Sitting here with you today shows that vision is being fulfilled by people like you. Your stories will continue to inspire us at