Ex-OFW couple’s successful venture into ‘satti’ business PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 May 2016 14:33

By JOCELYN P. ALVAREZ

The couple Ibrahim Jayyari and Mukarza Acosta-Jayyari used to in toil foreign land to provide for the family.

After more than a decade in Saudi Arabia, Mukazra quit working overseas and decided to stay in the Philippines for good while her husband Ibrahim continued to work abroad as a plumber/pipe fitter.

Misleading it is to say life as an OFW is always rosy and grand , like Ibrahim, he too had his share of difficulties. For a couple of years, he was able to send his salary to his family but Ibrahim’s work documents were not properly attended by his employer and soon he became a TNT (undocumented worker) in Bahrain.

Since then, his remittances became irregular, financial support came in trickle and at times, nil. Pushing for entrpreneurial spirit “Napaisip ako sa sitwasyon namin at kailangan kong may magawa para sa pamilya (I reflected on our situation and decided to do something for the family),” Mukarza said.

With P1,000 as capital , a decisive character and  an unfaltered determination to succeed, Mukarza started her small “Satti” business. “naisip ko mag benta ng pagkain kasi karamihan sa mga kapitbahay namin ay nagtatrabaho at walang oras magluto kaya naisip ko na gawing business ang Satti (I thought of food-vending since our neighbors are mostly workers who do not have time to cook. I thought of satti as a business),” she shared.

Satti is a spicy dish served with coconut leaf wrapped steamed rice called pusoh – with grilled beef or chicken in skewer served with thick, spicy and hot (literally) sauce.

DOLE’s assistance

The long wait is over, Mukarza’s husband Ibrahim was able to go home in 2015 through the help of Philippine Embassy in Bahrain. The couple did not waste time as they sought the help of the Departmento of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 9 for his reintegration.

On April 8, 2016, the couple received livelihood assistance from the labor department – an additional tools and jigs to augment and strengthen their livelihood undertaking.

The turnover of the  “pangkabuhayan showcase” was led by DOLE 9 Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano who said-  “I urge the returning OFWs to aspire to be an entrepreneur in their own way. Think of an enterprise that you are passionate about, something that will respond to a demand or a need in the community.”

“Malaking tulong po itong kitchen utensils , mapapadali po nito ang aking gawain at mas magkakaroon po ako ng mahabang oras para sa aking dalawang anak (This is big help , these kitchen utensils will make my work easy and will save me more time to devote to my two growing kids),” Mukarza stressed.

“Dati, manual ko po e-grind ang mga ingredients para sa sauce , ngayon may food grinder na ako , napakahalago po nito, (before, I was manually grinding some ingredients for the sauce. Now I have a food grinder which is a very valuable tool),” Mukarza declared.

Mukarza also shared her excitement over her husband’s joining the business management session with   DOLE-9 as she is sure that the  session will influence her husband to have the enterpreneurial spirit and character.

The Gains

The couple’s Satti business is doing good with an average daily net income of P1, 200. They were also able to provide local employment to two out-of-school youths, one who serves as his kitchen assistant and the other who attends to customers and maintains the cleanliness of the eatery. (FPG/JPA/PIA9)