A teenager from Marikina City juggles her studies and dreams as she manages her ‘puto’ business. Her experience of starting her own “puto” business during the pandemic proves that being a successful entrepreneur knows no age.
Fairous Quiambao Farley was just 17 years old when she started her business, Beng’s Delicious Puto, in 2021.
At a time when everyone was struggling due to the pandemic, Fairous was determined to achieve more. She wanted to earn her own money, help her parents, and become an entrepreneur.
Using her mother’s recipe, Fairous started making ‘puto’ and sold it around their neighborhood. While online classes were challenging, she was able to keep up as it fueled her to work harder.
She shared, “Walking outside and selling puto to every person I met, even policemen, store owners, workers, friends, and teachers. Even if I’m studying online, hindi po ito naging balakid sa pag-aaral ko, and I made it as a motivation to keep going in life.”
Things started getting easier for the young entrepreneur when she was encouraged by a ‘suki’ to make a Facebook page instead of selling her ‘puto’ on the street. It proved a good business strategy because it allowed her to expand her reach.
Fairous recalled, “I was surprised that in a week since I created the official page of Beng Delicious, it gathered thousands of followers and reached approximately 13,000 people.”
The road to success is never easy, and Fairous admitted that she had to face many challenges along the way. Aside from the difficulties of juggling her studies and business, there are also times when people doubt her dreams. But she proves them all wrong with her determination and perseverance.
She said, “There are times when no one believes in me, and that I can’t do it because of my young age. They also think being a female means being weak. So, I’m proving to them what I’m capable of.”
In a year, Fairous’ ‘puto’ business has come a long way. From a capital of P500, she’s now earning over P30,000 a month. While she’s based in Marikina, she has customers from Pasig City, Quezon City, Makati City, BGC, Taguig City, and even Cavite City.
Fairous hopes her story will inspire other teenagers to not limit their dreams in life. It may seem challenging to become an entrepreneur when studies and responsibilities are too overwhelming. But like Fairous, you can turn your difficulties into motivation to work harder.
“Don’t limit your dreams. When you have a business, love it—no quitting until you succeed. Always aim for the best and dream big,” the ‘teenpreneur’ said.
Indeed, if you think you can do it, you can!