Mr. Timbasil S. Jumdail, a 55-year old and a fisherman, has married twice. His first wife died leaving with him three (3) children who are now all married and living on their own.
His second wife, Mrs. Atiya Enting Jumdali, is 33 years old and a residence of Sitio Subah, Barangay Bangas, Hadji Panglima Tahil, Sulu. The couple met at Jolo, Sulu by chance and felt in love with each other; and later decided to get married. They are blessed with six children; five boys and one girl. The family managed to earn a living from fishing and a small sari-sari store they operate, in which small capital they invested to the store was loaned from the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) as member.
Said Atiya “Having six young children is hard to cope with. My husband’s earning as fisherman only averages about P3,000.00 a month and profit from our small sari-sari store could not really cope-up with our basic needs. I have no savings at all that one time when one of our children got sick, I had to borrow money with high interest. Such situation further worsens our poor standard of living”.
“Suddenly I don’t know that we could become recipients of 4Ps- I and my kids. It’s a blessing I never expected. I was so very happy upon learning that as recipients we are also given cash grants” Atiya declared. I used the first grant provided to us as an added capital to our small sari-sari store. I used the small amount as an investment for the future of our children. Fishing is not a lucrative business; it’s an unstable form of livelihood, more so that my husband is getting old,” she further said.
“Further nourishing our environment of poverty was that we also became recipients of the first batch of Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran. We invested the P10,000.00 we received to our sari-sari store,”she happily said.
“Learning from experiences, I have to really manage our small financial resources. It’s really a self-pity that in times of great need, we have nobody turn to and nobody would care for us”, she lamented.
“I always talked with my husband for the future of our children. We plan and agree on certain plans we could conceive; and by the grace of Almighty Allah we were able to buy a modest house in Jolo for our children who are now studying in said capital town of Sulu,”Atiya said.
“4Ps is a lot of learning experiences for us. Aside from its financial assistance, what gave us more meaning in life is the Family Development Session I used to attend. I have learned a lot from that session- the role of husband and wife, the proper rearing and managing our growing children and lot more. 4Ps has helped us changed our lives for the better,” Atiya concluded.