Sari-sari stores sprout at JFE evacuation center PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 January 2014 13:01

Sari-Sari stores and other small businesses and economic activities have been sprouting at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex  evacuation center.

Thousands  of evacuees displaced by the September 9, 2013 Zamboanga City  siege staged by Moro National Liberation Front  rebels are still in their tents at the  sports complex.

Many of them established their sari-sari stores even right at the entrances of their  tents just to earn for their daily living to augment  the meager relief good distributed to displaced families for over  three months now.

Some of the evacuees who are badjaos have resorted to catching and selling fish along Roseller T.Lim Boulevard while some others are into  buy and sell of other commodities.

Mihar Imlan, one of the those operating  sari-sari stores at the evacuation center, said that she started her business with a capital of P5, 000 which she borrowed from a friend in Malaysia. According to her, she makes a net income of P1,000 a day from her sales of biscuits, halo-halo, shampoos, canned goods, soft drinks, candies, junk foods and soaps.

She said that she cannot rely on  the relief goods anymore as they are not enough for her family. When asked about her opinion regarding the siege she said, “If you want to make a donation, we just hope that you will give it to us personally because it will be much faster and more helpful for us.”

“This is our way of coping with our disastrous  situation,” another sari-sari store owner said.