Tricycle Driver Uses Php2k-COVID Aid to Start BBQ Business, Now Earns Php1,200 a Day

A tricycle driver used his Php2k-COVID aid to start a barbecue business – and he now earns Php1,200 a day! Wow.

COVID-19 has greatly affected so many people’s livelihood, leaving a number of people working from home but more jobless and unable to earn money for their families due to restrictions placed by the government, such as the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Thankfully, the government and many private companies or individuals have provided some monetary assistance and relief goods to affected families. It was not enough, of course, but at least it helped provide their needs for a few days.

Sadly, there are those who used their aid in going out to have drinking sprees with their buddies, even amid the ECQ! But one tricycle driver in Quezon City has gone viral after using the aid he received from the government to earn money.

Samad Maulana of Barangay Culiat, Quezon City could no longer work as tricycle driver because the ECQ prevents public transport, especially small ones like tricycles to operate. He received Php2,000 as aid from the government but that is, honestly, a very small amount of money that could only feed his family for a couple of days, a week or so, perhaps.

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So, Maulana decided to do something about it. Instead of buying food for his family with that money, he used it as capital to start a barbecue business in the neighborhood. Using the Php2,000 aid, he was able to grow his business and is now earning around Php1,200 a day!

Many netizens felt proud of Maulana, saying that this should be the mindset of those who are given aid, instead of using the money to splurge on drinks and having fun with friends.

Ito ang masarap tulungan. Good job ka jan Kuya!” one netizen wrote.

More ayuda para Kay kuya, money was not wasted, good job po,” another wrote.

God bless kuya…. Kahangahanga Ang Iyong kaisipan dahil d mo binalewala ang paghihirap ng iba para ma bigyan ka ng pera… At ngayon etoy pinaparami mo pa… God bless kuya…” another added.