To send himself to school, a student sells various food products inside the campus. When his schedule turned hectic, he decided to open an ‘honesty store’ so he could still earn money while attending his classes. Amazingly, the store worked!
Thanks to his genius idea, Joenel Malanog is able to earn money not just for himself but also to help his four siblings with their needs in school.
A first-year entrepreneurship student at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) in Davao City, Davao del Sur, Malanog knew he had to do something to help his parents earn money for his education.
Selling food around the campus allowed him to cover more ground and reach more students, yet this took a lot of time and he could only do so when he has no classes.
Since class hours take up most of his time and he would soon have a hectic schedule, Malanog realized that he could still earn money for his studies even without being physically watching over his store.
Banking on the honesty of his schoolmates, the young man, who also happens to be his family’s breadwinner, decided to open the “honesty store”, placing his products on armchairs. To ensure that the other students don’t need to find him to ask for the prices, he already printed out the prices on a folder which served as menu for his store.
Just to remind his schoolmates, he also placed another folder that contained a verse about sin before explaining that he can’t physically be there at the honesty store because he has a class.
The honesty store actually worked! The young man impressed many of the other students – and they loved the food, anyway. Thanks to the proceeds from the store, Malanog was able to support himself and his four siblings.
The 20-year-old student also received praise from USEP Vice President for Academic Affairs Shirley Villanueva. She also added that she was quite proud to know that the honesty store worked because this means the students at the school are honest people.