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Success Stories

Success Stories

Since 2010, ASKI Global has seen its students – predominantly women – become empowered through its financial literacy programme. Through the training sessions conducted, we have observed and gathered plenty of anecdotal stories, which you can read and enjoy below:

Ma. Victoria Marzan Adorio
Vicky Adorio with her kids

Vicky Adorio with her kids

Batch 4, 2012
Basic Entrepreneurship and Financial Education graduate
Citi-ASKI Overseas Workers Financial Stability Program

For Ma. Victoria Adorio, the investment module under the Financial Education course was the most significant. Having worked for almost a decade as a household service worker in the Middle East and Singapore, she was able to save a large sum of money. The money will be allocated to her retirement fund.

However, this fund is rapidly dwindling. Vicky has a tendency to shower herself and her loved ones with expensive stuff and gadgets. “I need to change my mindset. I should live for the future and not for today,” said Vicky.

Presented with different investment options in class, she decided to withdraw a substantial amount from her retirement fund and invested in a stable microfinance institution in the Philippines, earning a guaranteed income of 7% annually. She is now regarded as a social investor as her investments have helped and assisted hundreds of micro-entrepreneurs.

Now that her money is working for her, Vicky and her kids can now be assured of a bright future.

Emie Espinosa Alagao
Emie Alagao

Emie Alagao

Batch 3, 2011
Financial Education graduate
Citi-ASKI Overseas Workers Financial Stability Program

As how Emie Alagao puts it, “A well-informed investor is a well-protected investor. I am grateful to both Citi and ASKI Global; now my family’s future is very much secured.”

Even at an early age, she has become the family breadwinner, the same reason why she chose to work overseas as a domestic worker to support her family’s needs. After working in Singapore for almost 6 years, her hard-earned money and savings went into the establishment of her dry goods retailing business.

Even if the business was earning, it did not stop Emie from upgrading and enhancing her skill, as she intends to manage her business after her Singapore contract expires.

After attending the Financial Education course, she was able to acquire a deeper understanding on how to effectively protect her valuable investments.

Wilma Reyes Bautista
Wilma delivering her testimonial during the 1st Commencement Exercise (Dec 2010)

Wilma delivering her testimonial during the 1st Commencement Exercise (Dec 2010)

Batch 1, 2010
Basic Entrepreneurship graduate
Batch 2, 2011
Financial Education graduate

Wilma Bautista, a graduate of Basic Entrepreneurship last December 2010 shares about a heart warming story of family reconciliation.

Being away from her family for such a long time, Wilma and her husband Abraham decided to part ways because of differences.

When Wilma joined ASKI Global and decided to start her own business in the Philippines, she chose her husband to be the beneficiary of a tricycle even though their marriage has been derailed for quite some time.

Because of this, regular communication has been established and both are now keen to each other’s efforts to raise the quality of their life. Wilma is very much thankful for this wonderful transformation and is inspired to work harder for her family.

“ASKI Global is not just about equipping us with knowledge in entrepreneurship. Through their programme, my husband and I reconciled.” – Wilma Bautista

Robina Gadia Gomez
The Gomez family with their jeepney business back home

The Gomez family with their jeepney business back home

Batch 2, 2011
Basic Entrepreneurship and Financial Education graduate

Robina Gomez, a mother of 2, shares about a heart warming story of family strengthening. Born at Taguig City, she has been working in Singapore for the past 4 years as a household service worker.

An OFW with a concrete direction in mind, she wanted her earnings to be invested into something productive. When Robina joined ASKI Global, she realized that there is a need to expand her transport services business. From having 1 tricycle, she now has a jeepney for her husband through the support of ASKI Philippines.

Today, Robina is very proud to say that her family no longer relies to her monthly remittance to be sent to them. As told by her husband, the income earned from the transport services business is enough to cover their family’s expenses.

“I am happy. All my hardships lead to something to productive and worthwhile. Thank you ASKI Global for making my dreams into reality.” – Robina Gomez

Rosemarie Panalo Panes
Panes Bakery

Panes Bakery

Batch 1, 2010
Basic Entrepreneurship and Financial Education graduate

Rosemarie Panes, 11 years in Singapore, is a graduate of Basic Entrepreneurship last December 2010. ASKI Global has linked her to ASKI Philippines for a financial assistance in her venture to add an additional capital to her brother’s existing bakery. William, Rose’s youngest brother and her beneficiary for this project, manages their bakery.

The PhP 30,000 loan was used to purchase a baking machine. Currently, Panes Bakery employs 2 master bakers, 3 helpers and 2 sellers of which 5 comes from the clan and 2 from their community. Rose and William plan to open a new branch of Panes bakery soon with the aid of ASKI Philippines’ microfinancing.

Rosie Dator Silvestre
Rosie Silvestre's two sons showing off their bamboo coin banks

Rosie Silvestre's two sons showing off their bamboo coin banks

Batch 3, 2011
Financial Education graduate
Citi-ASKI Overseas Workers Financial Stability Program

As a single mother of two young boys, Rosie Silvestre communicates with her sons regularly. Even though she’s in Singapore, she guides them on their school assignments and projects every single day.

In one of their phone conversations, the household service worker shared with her kids that she attended the Financial Education sponsored by Citi and ASKI Global, and that participants were given coin banks to learn the importance of saving, the very same principle that Rosie wants her children to have.

Now, Rosie’s boys have started developing the habit of saving money from their school allowances and she checks on them regularly to remind them to save.

While Rosie uses her dragon coin bank, her children used local resources to develop their own coin banks – made of bamboo. Indeed, “like mother, like sons.”

Rosemarie Ignacio Urcia
Rosemarie's various businesses

Rosemarie's various businesses

Batch 1, 2010
Basic Entrepreneurship and Financial Education graduate

Rosemarie Urcia doesn’t want to be employed as a household service worker all her life. She wants to be the ‘boss’ someday.

After attending the training courses at ASKI Global Limited, she has managed to set up and operate not just one, but three enterprises: livestock, transportation and leasing businesses.

The income generated from these enterprises is more than enough to support her big family in the Philippines. Having worked in Singapore for almost 15 years, Rosemarie is exploring local business ideas and opportunities that she could bring back home.

She now intends to put up a beancurd factory in her hometown. Her dream to become a boss is now slowly becoming a reality.

If you would like to read on more success stories of our graduates, you can grab a copy of our FEW: Financially Empowered Women today!