Who would have thought that five sacks of peanuts and two grinders would turn this Filipina into a multi-millionaire?
With no experience in business, Leyte native Delia Santos worked as a tailor in Bulacan to make ends meet. However, Santos soon realized that her income from the job wasn’t enough to support her family.
In an interview with My Puhunan, Santos revealed that they ate almost nothing at that time. To make things worse, they didn’t have spare money to purchase medicine when her kids would get sick.
Eventually, Santos resorted to selling candies during her free time. The small business venture made her earn P10,000, which she then used to set up a small sari-sari store.
“Halos P12,000 lang ‘yung puhunan ng lahat nang nag-umpisa ako. Sa loob ng sampung buwan, naging P60,000,” Santos recalled.
(My initial investment was almost P12,000. Within 10 months, it became P60,000.)
But the life-changing moment came for Santos when one of her customers asked her to take over their peanut butter-making business which was already on the verge of bankruptcy.
Left with five sacks of peanuts and two grinders, Santos magically transformed the failing food business into a flourishing one that earns approximately P5 million in sales monthly.
Initially Santos started giving samples of Dhel’s Peanut Butter to stores. As more and more people tasted her product, the demand for it grew.
But while her business was expanding, Santos had to end her relationship with her husband after she discovered he was having an affair with another woman.
Despite her failed relationship with her husband, Santos pursued her peanut butter business. Her company now produces peanut butter from 250 sacks of peanuts per delivery.
“Hindi ako nalulungkot ngayon, natutulog akong nakangiti at masaya ako. Nagtagumpay ako at mabibigyan ko ng magandang buhay ang mga anak ko. Sila kasi ang dahilan kaya nagsikap ako, hindi naman ang asawa ko,” Santos said.
(I don’t feel sad now. I can sleep with a smile on my face and I’m happy. I became successful and I am able to give a good life to my children. They are the reason why I persevered, not my husband.)