Woman Who Dropped Out Of College Due To Poverty Starts DIY Shawarma Business With No Capital

Another successful entrepreneur shared her inspiring story of rising above adversity by using her ingenuity and perseverance to achieve her goals.

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Lyra Manabat was successful in establishing her company, L&L Food Products Manufacturing, where you may make your own shawarma at home or provide shawarma products to other businesses. Lyra has grown her home-based company into a profitable enterprise that earns six figures each month.

In an article written by Janelle Lorzano of Philstar, Lyra shared that her journey to success was not easy. In 2018, she had to dropped out of college because her mother didn’t have enough money to send her to school. Lyra took that opportunity to start her own business. She rented a small stall near a school and sold snacks to students.

It was in 2019 when she started to dream big and ventured into the DIY shawarma business. Even more impressive, she started with no capital. Lyra explained that she did it by asking for a “payment first” policy. Once her customers paid, only then could she afford to purchase the ingredients. She promised that the products would be ready in 2 to 3 days.

She admitted that many customers weren’t comfortable with her policy, but luckily, there were those who still supported her. During the pandemic, her business steadily grew, and by 2023, she had successfully expanded her business to have 20 employees.

In an another interview with host Julie Fernando on Radyo Agila, Lyra shared that she hopes her experience of starting from scratch would inspire other entrepreneurs to still take a chance. She remembers how tough it was to get started during the pandemic, but she persisted.

She said, “Wala po akong puhunan kaya gusto ko po magcome up ng business idea na kahit wala sila masyadong puhunan or takot sila magrisk dahil pandemic, at least nakapag-come up po ako ng idea na magkaroon sila ng negosyo at kumita rin.” [I didn’t have any money for capital, but I wanted to think of a way for people who didn’t have money or were afraid to take risks because of the pandemic to start a business and earn.]

Lyra’s story is one of many examples of successful entrepreneurs who overcame poverty to achieve their goals. For more inspiration, you can learn poverty-to-wealth tips from Philam Life CEO Ariel Cantos. You can also read the rags-to-riches life of the self-made billionaire Manny Villar. For more ideas, you can also look into different side hustles you can start with little to no capital.

Sally Mae
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