This one, however, offers more than the usual bazaar fare. When you buy from these sellers, you are helping extend a lifeline to parents displaced by the pandemic. You give people the means to help others. You are helping displaced overseas Filipino workers have the means to stay home with their family. Meet two of these mompreneurs: From OFW to baker: Suzzaraine Visda of Kiara’s Kitchen Suzzaraine Visda mans her booth with her husband. Her cinnamon rolls and banana bread are displayed artfully and properly-spaced in her booth. They are baked in small batches to make sure each bread is made with love – a fitting practice for a business named after her own daughter. “I have Oreo ensaymada, classic cinnamon roll, banana bread with chocolate chips, and carrot cake with chocolate chips and walnut,” Suzzaraine said. Suzzaraine and her family are tenants of SMDC Field Residences in Paranaque. She is one of over 250 resident entrepreneurs participating in The Good Guys’ Entrepreneurship Program. “We started by joining the market in our gazebo,” said Suzzaraine. “Then SMDC invited us to the market at the Two E-com Building in MOA and the bazaars at SMDC Jazz Mall and Grace Mall, with our booths free of charge.”
Suzzaraine became a resident entrepreneur out of a need to make a living. She was working in Saudi Arabia and decided to resign to be with her family. She came home to Manila hoping to find a new job fast and then the pandemic started. “My job application did not push through,” Suzzaraine said. “So when SMDC offered this opportunity, it was like a new beginning for me. I am so thankful and grateful.”
Under this program is The Good Guys Entrepreneurship Academy which is a series of webinars on how to start a business, food safety, online selling, and marketing (among many others). These webinars help educate these new entrepreneurs so they can start over from being displaced residents, business owners, and OFWs. The Good Guys not only give their residents the skills to become entrepreneurs; they also provide the platforms so their resident entrepreneurs can prosper. At SMDC, it’s all about good vibes, good deeds, and, yes, Good Guys.