Carmelita Guanzon is a 56-year-old solo parent and rolling store vendor based in Sta. Rita, Pampanga.
Over the past three decades, Nanay Carmelita has been making a living selling fresh vegetables, fish, and meat.
She used to run a small stall in their local market, until she decided to turn her humble livelihood into a ‘mobile palengke,’ riding her modest sidecar bicycle to bring her products directly to her customers.
Nanay Carmelita pedals her way around the towns of Sta. Rita and Guagua daily, working extra hard to provide for the needs of her six children. Separated from her husband, she is both the caretaker and breadwinner of their home. Her simple dream is to secure a bright future for her family.
She shared with our team some of the challenges to her only source of livelihood.
"Ang problema po, laging kinakapos, kasi po minsan meron pong kukuha sa akin, sasabihing lingguhan po ang bayad [pero] pagdating ng Linggo, kalahati lang po ang ibabayad," she recalled.
"Ang sidecar ko naman po ay talagang sira na… Iyon nga pong gulong ay butas na! Araw-araw na lang bino-bomba ko," she added.
Carmelita Guanzon and her rolling store.
In line with our team’s commitment to help the most vulnerable sectors overcome the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and recent calamities, Pilipinas In Action reached out to Nanay Carmelita to help her sustain her source of income for her family.
She is among the first recipients of our livelihood program, which hands out financial assistance to uplift small businesses like Nanay Carmelita’s rolling store. We also helped repair and revamp her old sidecar bicycle, so she can sell her products around safer and faster.
Work in progress: Nanay Carmelita's bike and sidecar getting a makeover.
Nanay Carmelita’s story inspires our team to continue reaching out to more kababayans in need, and mobilize support from friends and donors for our various programs.
Visit our website: pilipinasinaction.ph to find out how you can help spread hope and build back better communities!
Nanay Carmelita receives livelihood assistance from Pilipinas in Action, in coordination with the provincial government of Pampanga.