3 Things Empowered Women Can Do
If you are my reader since I started this blog last 2009, you should know a lot about me by now. I have opened up about most of things that happens to me in this blog.
If you are a new reader, then let me tell you few things about me. (1) I am not born rich nor I can say that we are included in a middle class family. We were raised in a slum, my dad died when I was only 9 years old (our youngest was only 3 years old), but we all have finished College. (2) I am the eldest and that pushed me to look for a job while I studied in College and after that I needed to find work immediately after I graduated. (3) I was able to renovate our house and buy appliances when I was working. (4) I resigned from work to take care of my son and yet still able to earn from home.
So, why am I telling you all of these now? It is because it is only a few days from now and we will welcome the New Year. We need to look back, check what happened in the past year and let us try our best to improve ourselves. If you are a woman, did you know that empowering yourself can make a big difference in your family and to the society?
My siblings and I are lucky that my mom is an empowered woman. She was a widow at an early age, her source of income was limited (being just a seamstress , a sari-sari store owner and a reseller of various products), but she did her best to send us to school. This is the reason why me and my siblings are doing okay now.
Here are the 3 Things Empowered Women Can Do
1. Will take good care of the family – an empowered woman knows that an intact family with well mannered kids is important. She knows how to discipline the kids. She will not let anybody abuse her and her kids. She will take care of herself to be able to provide more service for the family.
2. Send kids to school or homeschool them– because an empowered women believes that education is the best foundation. If you will send your kids to school or homeschool them, they will learn a lot of things that they can use in the future.
3. Knows how to handle money and have their own income– Empowered woman do not rely on the income of her husband. She will think of various ways to help her husband to increase the family’s income and have her own money even though she stayed at home.
When I resigned from the corporate world, I did a lot of research on how to earn while I stayed at home. I’ve become a popcorn dealer, a school supplies seller, a tutor, I managed our computer shop and of course I became a blogger (blogging helps me a lot financially).
My mother-in-law have not finished schooling but she and my father-in-law was able to send all their 3 kids to a prestigious university through their Sari-sari store and carinderia business.
Sari-Sari store is one of the easiest small business we can do to earn an income. If you know how to handle the sari-sari store properly, it can be your starting point to earn more as you come closer to realizing your dream.
The Coca-Cola Company offers business skills training courses, financial services and connections with peers or mentors to help women entrepreneurs. Their goal is the empowerment of 5 million women micro-entrepreneurs by the year 2020, that is where the 5by20 campaign came from. This training helped sari-sari store owners increased their income.
This 2015, I encourage every woman out there to empower yourself. Don’t wait for a miracle to happen, get-up, fix yourself, educate yourself, be strong and face the world with confidence.
With the help of each other and companies like Coca Cola, I know we can achieve something. Let’s learn from the past and do our best to move forward and create something good.
Cheers for the new year ahead!