Inday has wanted to do something to supplement her income and has decided to start doing barbeque to sell. Due to the limited income of the surrounding homes, she started selling very inexpensive pieces of meat. This allows people to purchase something to eat for just a few pesos.
It started off quite well, but as I have posted elsewhere, she was in an accident on the motorcycle and hurt her foot, arm, and hand bad enough that she wasn’t able to do it for about a week. Thankfully, Princess and a couple of the children, as well as Inday’s brother and sister, stepped in to help out. You can see Inday’s brother behind them on the left side.
A second thing that slowed down sales, was some of the other neighbors saw that she had a nice little business and decided to get in on the market, so they started selling also. I told her to just keep at it and sell things that maybe she would make that they are not able to make.
I have, along with a friend, been making longanisa. It is a sweet Philippine sausage that can also be spicy if you like spicy. I sent her the recipe I was using since it has been very well received and she is going to try making it when she is able to get all the ingredients. I had sent a hand grinder in one of the Balak-bayan boxes a few months ago and she is finding useful to be able to grind it instead of mincing it with a knife.
What is on the menu? The chicken menu includes feet, necks, heads, and if you wish to spend a little more money you can get legs. She is selling ground pork as well. She is also making a sweet dish out of jello and fruit and selling the juice from young coconut called buko juice.
She is also raising pigs to butcher and sell when they get large enough. I wish them the best and applaud their efforts to better themselves. It is also the first step in working towards the meat processing classes for the voc/tech school as it develops.
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