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Navigating Your Funds within the Midst of Disaster

Money is king.

This expression has by no means been extra necessary than in 2020 when the world confronted a public well being disaster that affected tens of millions of individuals and companies.

Within the Philippines, many misplaced their jobs and livelihood because the nation went into neighborhood quarantine. With restricted mobility, well being dangers, and basic uncertainties – many felt anxious and uncertain concerning the future.

Throughout these occasions, having an emergency fund offered respite to these whose earnings has been affected by the pandemic. However whereas we already see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel with the event of vaccines, there’s nonetheless quite a lot of floor to cowl earlier than we will lastly come out of this disaster.

A Instructor’s Story

Not too long ago, I used to be in a position to speak to a buddy and ask how she managed her funds up to now 12 months. I discovered her story inspirational and bought her permission to share it with you at present.

My buddy, Tricia works as a senior highschool instructor in an built-in nationwide highschool in Bulacan. Whereas she’s lucky to have obtained steady wage final 12 months, the shift to blended studying, as instructed by the Division of Schooling, has actually introduced forth its personal monetary challenges.

After cautious examine of her money circulate, she deemed it crucial for her to take out a Instructor’s Mortgage to have the ability to improve her laptop computer, purchase a webcam, and arrange a piece desk and space at residence.

In the meantime, the money support that their household obtained from the federal government, she allotted for the extra spending on alcohol, face masks, and different pandemic necessities.

She instructed me that it took her a few months earlier than she might correctly regulate her budgeting. However with endurance and monetary self-discipline, her household’s funds had been in a position to adapt to the brand new regular.


As well as, she’s particularly grateful to her mom, who noticed the disaster as a possibility to be entrepreneurial. To earn additional earnings, her mom considered promoting “lutong bahay ulam” to the neighborhood. She’s at all times discovered her mom’s cooking to be scrumptious, and that’s why it’s no shock that her small enterprise turned worthwhile.

Her mom’s enterprise is among the many inspirational tales of Pinoy entrepreneurship that occurred in 2020. Social media and information retailers have usually featured such resourceful and revolutionary shows of enterprise grit in numerous elements of the nation.

Amongst these I keep in mind are that of Samad Maulana, a tricycle driver from Quezon Metropolis, who began a barbecue stall. And Cristy Diaz, a characteristic I noticed on tv, who discovered how one can promote meals and important objects on-line to earn earnings for her household.

If you wish to learn extra, then take a look at this text which options Lulu Saquing, Eduardo Azores, Josephine Saig, and Rosanna Serwelas – Pinoys who discovered enterprise alternatives within the midst of disaster.

Classes and Plans

I requested Tricia what her plans are for the approaching 12 months. She says that as their family’s money circulate turns into extra steady, she’s planning to replenish her financial savings and maybe open a brand new financial savings account that’s separate from her financial institution’s wage account. She believes that placing the cash in a distinct financial savings account will assist her keep away from the temptation to spend the cash unnecessarily.

Furthermore, she shares that if her mom is prepared to do it full-time, she’ll assist her enterprise and develop her home-based meals enterprise into an eatery. For this, she will discover enterprise mortgage merchandise, particularly from establishments that cater to micro-entrepreneurs. Rural banks, for instance, have been helping MSME’s to get well and get again on their toes from the continued impression of the pandemic.

Lastly, I requested her what’s one of the best monetary lesson she discovered in 2020. And with no second thought, she says that it’s having the endurance to take a seat down and make time to review her funds. If it was not for her willingness to research their household’s spending and value of dwelling, she wouldn’t have the ability to correctly navigate their funds by means of the disaster.