Meet the women ‘raketeras’ of Cavite

Meet the women ‘raketeras’ of Cavite

By Gladys Piño, PNA

- in Feature, Philippines

IMUS CITY, Cavite — They offer various products and services, from ready-to-wear (RTW), beauty products, insurance or just about ‘anything under the sun.’ As they say, name it, and they definitely have it.

Co-founder Maricris Ansagay described Caviteñaraketeras as an informal, close group of some 691 women members composed of micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), housewives and freelancers.

“(They) bonded together to widen products and services, to share our business knowledge and best practices to the new and aspiring ones, and support each other in reaching out to a wider marker,” she said on Monday.

Created in October of 2018 by founder Jhodielyn “Nham” Sonit, herself a certified “raketera”, a person who juggles with multiple jobs and sells just about anything, the community was built to support Caviteñas who are willing to be entrepreneurs or business owners, part time or full time.

Sonit, who not only works as a virtual assistant for a Canadian firm but also maintains her own business involving chili garlic and shrimp paste on the side, met Ansagay in a bazaar in December last year.

“That’s when we thought of the idea to locate people like us, group ourselves and together create our niche in Cavite’s wide market,” Ansagay said.

The women-only group encourages members to earn, upgrade their skills and services, or just to do something productive, and might soon open its membership to men.

Members are from Cavite, whether aspiring entrepreneurs or business owners engaged in online selling, business owners with brick and mortar store, and other service-based business such as food, crafts and baking.

In May 18, dubbed ‘raket day’, they will meet with new members and get to know new products and find possible suppliers at the City Works Space at the Aguinaldo Highway here. (PNA)

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