For Reynald Valdeabella, returning home after years of working abroad was a timely decision. Not only did he get to reconnect with his family and friends, but he also got to pursue his dream of starting his own business.
Reynald worked in Singapore for 7 years before returning home to the Philippines, supposedly just for vacation. But the pandemic came, and he was forced to stay in the country. While he was able to keep his job, Reynald found the lockdown as an opportunity to venture into business. Among the many business ideas available, he chose something that’s close to his heart: furry rabbits!
He shared in an article on Agriculture written by Jazzmine Quiambao, “It’s been a life-long dream to retire early on a farm and just enjoy provincial life. I thought to myself, this dream will never materialize if I don’t make a move. I was always leaning toward raising rabbits cos I was born in the Year of the Rabbit. So it just perfectly fits my personality.”
Reynald started a mini-rabbit farm in his yard at home in Negros Occidental. According to Reynald, starting a rabbit farm takes a lot of heart. You need to genuinely care for these bunnies, do research on their health, and care for them when they are sick. You can check out Reynald’s rabbits via the Facebook page Renzo D’ Kunehero.
Business is nothing new to Reynald. On his Facebook page, he shared a lengthy story about how he started from scratch before finally “living the dream.” He says he’s thankful he gets to be in the Philippines while continuing to work for his company in Singapore. All of this he accomplished through hard work and perseverance. He admitted growing up in the slums area of Jalandon Street (going Banago), but it didn’t stop him from dreaming big.
He said, “One word to describe myself – a DAYDREAMER – someone who thinks future-forward. I’m a visionary and an AMBISYOSO. I already have a vivid picture of what my life will be in the next few years.”
He survived college by selling different snacks, making school projects in exchange for lunch, and many others. Reynald proudly said, “How did I survive college? Simple – Madiskarte ako!” [I was resourceful and wise.]
Now, Reynald is enjoying the fruits of his labor. He sells his rabbits for P300 to P3000, depending on the breed and quality. He also has dreams of expanding his mini-rabbit farm.
May Reynald’s story inspire aspiring entrepreneurs to not be discouraged from dreaming big. Like Reynald, if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to have strong characteristics like being hardworking, independent, and innovative.
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