Don’t underestimate the power of the humble bagoong. Even with small capital, Gavie De Vera turned her bagoong business into a successful one. For a capital of P1,000, Gavie is beyond grateful that she is now earning a 6-digits income in a week.
Gavie admitted that she didn’t expect her bagoong business would be successful. She recalled that she got the inspiration to begin her business when she used bagoong as giveaways during her wedding. At that time, Gavie wanted something practical to give and homemade. After the wedding, she was surprised that many of their guests started inquiring about their tasty bagoong.
“After ng kasal namin, tinawagan kami at hinahanap, saan daw namin nabili yung bagoong. Sinabi ko lang na ako lang yung nagluto. Kaya naisip ko pwede pala, pwede ko siyang gawing negosyo, ” Gavie recalled on GMA’s Pera Paraan.
Now, she has many resellers and distributors from all over the country. It has even reached abroad as many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have also started reselling the popular Gavie’s bagoong. Gavie was even surprised that their sales even increased during the pandemic.
Because of her business, Gavie had invested in a huge house and several cars for her family.
The bagoong has always been close to Gavie’s heart. Back when her mother passed away in 2008, their family struggled financially. In times when they didn’t have anything to eat, Gavie would cook her delicious bagoong and they eat it with rice. It was a simple and sumptuous meal for her siblings.
Hard work and determination are not new for Gavie. Looking back, she always knew the value of work. Because college education is expensive, Gavie dropped out to give away to her younger siblings. Since then, she has been working for her family.
Truly, there is no small business for a hardworking entrepreneur. Even the humble bagoong found a spot in the competitive world of food business. It only goes to show how important it is to make sure your products are made of good quality no matter how simple they are.
According to Gavie’s Facebook page, “Kayang kaya mo umunlad at tuparin ang pangarap mo kahit hindi ka nag-iibang bansa kasama ang iyong mahal sa buhay. Maniwala ka sa sarili mo at sa diskarte mo. Dahil walang masama sa pag nenegosyo. Basta totoong may produkto. Lalo na kung makakatulong sa iyong pag asenso!”
Gavie’s bagoong comes in variations of pork, spicy pork, chicken, spicy chicken, garlic and spicy garlic. They also sell chili oil and chili garlic.