Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cookie Jar Funds


So a funny thing happened last Tuesday. My husband has been having persistent back pains these past two weeks, so I planned to take a leave from work on Wednesday to bring him to the doctor for a much-delayed check-up. However, around Tuesday afternoon, my husband called to say that the pain level had risen from an annoying 2 out of 10 to a 10 out of 10 (a.k.a. I'm having a baby without anesthesia type of pain).

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Kasagana Ka Development Center, Inc.


Today I'm turning over the spotlight to Kasagana Ka Development Center, a social development nongovernment organization that services urban poor communities.

I first learned about Kasagana Ka last March when I was invited to give a talk on personal finance for the Women's Month program of a government agency, and the other speaker, Ms. Evangeline Pe, was from Kasagana Ka. I remember thinking that she was God-sent because I had been looking for a personal finance speaker for my then-office's own Women's Month event in Taguig and I knew that if I didn't find a speaker, I would have to do it myself (Gulp!).

But my prayers were answered because there was Ms. Eva right in front of me, brimming with down-to-earth wisdom on personal finance and anecdotes on her experiences with working with the urban poor. And she said yes to my proposal/begging because she said that Kasagana Ka had really been looking into infiltrating the Taguig market. It was a win-win situation! Woohoo!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Inspired Savings


Have you heard about the habal habal (modified motorcycle) driver from Cebu who bought a brand new motorcycle in cash, or rather, in coins?

Jeffrey Catayas saved P5 and P10 coins in bamboo slats for 8 months before bringing his savings to a Honda Center in Cebu. The Honda employees helped count his coins and Catayas was able to buy a brand new motorcycle in cash.

Wow. Just wow.