For the past two years, Mahj Baguino was working as a flight attendant. Unfortunately, the travel industry was badly hit by the pandemic, which resulted in job losses. Mahj was one of the flight attendants who had to let their wings rest.
Luckily, the 26-year-old still had a source of income. Earlier this year, Mahj decided to franchise a Siomai Kingfood cart. "Nakikita ko na hindi naman forever [na] flight attendant ako," Mahj tells Female Network in a video interview. "Gusto ko i-prepare 'yong sarili ko for early financial freedom."
"After the announcement na wala na kaming work, ang naisip ko lang is i-push 'yong business [ko]. Hindi ko na naisip na mag hanap ng iba pang trabaho kasi ang hirap, eh."
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According to Mahj, she earns at least P30,000 a week by selling siomai and other frozen goods. "Siomai 'yong mabenta talaga. Inaabot ako minsan ng 100 pax sa isang araw." Through her food business, she's able to support herself and her family, especially during the lockdown.