OFW teacher sells ‘atsara’ to survive pandemic after losing job

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A Filipino teacher based in Cambodia has resorted to selling Filipino favorites, including atsara, after losing job amid the pandemic. 

The Filipino English teacher, Tiffany Marie Jamaybay-Realis, lost hope after the schools where she works closed at the onset of Covid-19 pandemic. 

According to a GMA News Online report, Realis’ husband is a factory worker whose income is not sufficient enough to support their living expenses abroad. 

“Nag-iisip na po kaming mag-asawa kung gi-give up na po ako, kung kailangan ko na pong umuwi. Kasi hindi po sagot ng company niya yung bahay, yung visa, yung working permit, so kahit wala po kaming trabaho kailangan po naming magbayad,” she said. 

The OFW started to sell the Ilonngo specialty, atsara, by investing $20 or P1,000. The revenue quickly tripled after all her products sold out just one day. 

The Filipino community in Cambodia supported her business to help them amid the pandemic, adding that even locals and other expats want to resell her products. 

After the success of the atsara, she added some items to her menu: lumpiang sariwa, ginataang bilu-bilo, peanut butter, and longganisa. 

“Sa lahat ng ating kabayan, wag po tayong mawalang ng pag-asa. Hindi po imposible makamit pa rin natin yung pangarap natin kahit sa maliit na halaga. Basta po mag tiwala lang po tayo kay lord, hindi po niya tayo pababayaan,” she added. 

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