The COVID-19 pandemic has vastly affected everybody, together with abroad Filipino employees (OFWs). Many companies have needed to shut down – some quickly, others completely. In consequence, 1000’s of OFWs have returned to the Philippines as a consequence of lack of employment.

Nonetheless, there are those that handle to rise above the challenges led to by the disaster. At the moment’s article options an OFW in Dubai, whose enterprise not solely survived — however even grew – as a result of she took the prospect, tailored to the scenario, and made sensible choices.

obless OFW Starts Milk Tea Business Amid Pandemic, Soon to Open 3rd Store
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Filipina OFW’s Milk Tea Enterprise Thrives Throughout Pandemic

A local of Angeles Metropolis, Pampanga, Vin Jimenez got here to Dubai in March 2007 on a go to visa. Three years later, her husband and two kids got here to affix her. Inside every week upon arriving, she obtained a job as a secretary for a development firm. Ultimately, she obtained employed by a buying and selling firm; nonetheless, the corporate shut down by the tip of 2019.

Being an individual who doesn’t hand over simply, Vin determined to open a enterprise. She considered “bubble tea” as a result of it’s a widespread product in Southeast Asia. She travelled to Taiwan — to the highland tea farms there — for analysis in addition to for formal coaching in making milk tea. She additionally attended Genbiz, an 8-week program organized by the Philippine Enterprise Council – Dubai & Northern Emirates (PBC-DNE), to be taught extra about operating a enterprise.

obless OFW Starts Milk Tea Business Amid Pandemic, Soon to Open 3rd Store
Picture Credit score: @joybubblemilktea / Fb

Having spent her 10-year financial savings on enterprise preparations and coaching, Vin’s milk tea retailer, “Pleasure Bubble,” formally opened on March 12, 2020 in Al Qusais, Dubai. Nevertheless, lower than a month later – on April 4, 2020 – the federal government imposed strict quarantine measures due to the pandemic.

“The enterprise went easily till probably the most difficult half got here when the federal government introduced a short lived closure of the Dubai Metro as a consequence of pandemic,” she stated, as cited by GMA Information. “It prevented our staff from reporting to work; additionally, the sterilization packages halted enterprise operations to a shorter run of Eight p.m. as a result of curfew imposed.”

Because of the pandemic, many individuals began working from residence. That is the place Vin and her husband noticed a brand new alternative: the excessive demand for meals deliveries. They rolled up their sleeves and started to run the enterprise by themselves. They took orders, ready milk teas, and added rider providers to succeed in prospects. Quickly, they have been hitting their targets!

After 10 months of opening their first retailer, Vin and her husband opened a second one in Bur Dubai. By the tip of 2021, they’re planning to open a 3rd retailer. What’s much more wonderful is that they have been capable of make use of individuals who had misplaced jobs due to the disaster.

obless OFW Starts Milk Tea Business Amid Pandemic, Soon to Open 3rd Store
Picture Credit score: @joybubblemilktea / Fb

For extra details about Vin’s milk tea enterprise, Pleasure Bubble, you possibly can go to the shop’s official web site and Fb web page, or name them at +971 4 255 0527.

Congratulations, Vin, in your profitable enterprise! Certainly, you and your husband have been capable of flip a adverse scenario right into a constructive one, whereas serving to different OFWs within the course of. We hope your story would encourage others to maintain transferring ahead, regardless of the pandemic.