Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Feature Blogger of the Month (Migs Yusay): Things I Learned in the Kiddo-preneur Bazaar

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This year we are donating all our earnings to the Typhoon Yolanda victims.

I am sharing my son Miguel's article he wrote for his school paper about his experience from the Kiddo-preneur Bazaar he and his siblings participated in last November, 2013.

Here is his experience:

Things I Learned in the Kiddo-preneur Bazaar

When Typhoon Yolanda struck, I knew I had to do something. My brother and sister were thinking the same thing. Manila wasn’t hit by the storm, but we really wanted to help those who were. What could we do? We were just kids thousands of kilometers away with little money. Then, we remembered the Kiddo-preneur Bazaar. 

Last May of 2012, we joined this one-day bazaar where kids get to sell their products and earn their own money. The bazaar’s advocacy is to Earn, Save, Invest and Donate. 

It is started by Tita Maiki Oreta and her daughter Brielle to help kids from 3-16 years old learn and experience how to run their own business. In that event, we won the Highest Sales Award and gave half of the total profit to Alay Pag-asa Foundation.

We won the Highest Sales Award last April, 2012.

When we registered again into the program for the Christmas Bazaar on November 30, 2013, we thought that it was really just a one-day affair. 

There were many things to take care of, like the supply of goods, the accounting and managing of money and stocks, advertising, and the booth setup. It took us many weeks to prepare and get it all ready. 

We also had school and homework to attend to so we had way less time to prepare than the last time we joined the bazaar, which was during the summer break. Nevertheless, the preparations were complete with much help from our parents, and we were ready.

We chose to sell cookie butter, Human Nature products, Bayani Brew iced tea, and iPhones. We chose these products because they were popular and in demand at the time. 

Biscoff Cookie Butter Spread and Human Nature products made by Gawad Kalinga communities are the best sellers!

When we arrived at the venue, we had to set up our booth and products. When the customers came in, we started asking people around to go to the booth and gave free product taste. 

Initially Andrea and Jaime had difficulty asking people but they were able to get over their shyness eventually. I acted as the cashier but had a hard time using my math skills to calculate the change while communicating with multiple customers at the same time. 

At the end of the day we were exhausted and couldn’t wait to go home but then when the awarding came, we were pleasantly surprised. We couldn’t believe it! Our booth had won again! We sold almost 256,000 pesos worth of goods, in just four hours! We got the trophy back for the second time. 

We won the Highest Sales Award for the second time in a row. 

When we went on stage to receive the trophy, we paused and called a moment of silence for the Typhoon Yolanda victims - the reason why we worked so hard.

Looking back at the Kiddo-preneur Bazaar, I thought about why we achieved our goals. We didn’t have the fanciest booth design, in fact it was quite simple. We weren’t near the entrance of the bazaar, too. What made us successful was that our products were popular and we were able to advertise them really well through social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

These flyers were posted by our Mom in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
What we learned were social skills, math skills, and planning skills. Another driving force was that we had a cause to support and a a lot of people shared and believed in our cause. 

I learned how to be patient and to be a risk taker in the bazaar, mostly because I had to listen and understand the customers with their unique requests and I had to talk to people I don’t know. 

I learned how to be a good communicator with other people and my siblings because I had to handle requests coming in from customers while telling my siblings to advertise our products. Being a good communicator that day trained me to talk and listen to people more the right way so that they were persuaded to buy our products.

The bazaar has so many kiddopreneurs that rival the customers' attention, so we had to learn how to stand out.

So the next time you see a situation that moves you to do something, just remember that you can help by having your own business, even a small or a temporary one. No matter how small your contributions may seem to be, in the end, you are giving to something worthwhile. 

Oh, let me tell you how it ended. We earned almost 23,000 pesos and we gave it all to our school’s fund drive to “share a meal and share a home” in Tacloban. You never know, you can actually make a difference in someone’s life, and be a source of their joy and hope. 

My sister Andrea serves our cause with a smile!

Here are some of the lovely and generous people who have supported our kids' cause and brought a smile to families in Tacloban. 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! 

If you want to find out more how you and your kids can join the Kiddo-preneur Bazaar, check this link and like their FB page:

Kiddo-Preneur Facebook

Keep Walking!

Pinay Explorer

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