Single mum Angelie Suarez, from Daanbantayan, Cebu, has four small children. Before Haiyan, she was a housewife, and her then-husband made a meagre living as a tricycle driver. Before she married, Angelie had already tried making candles as a hobby. When she was offered a Red Cross livelihood cash grant she decided to turn that interest into a small business.
“I always enjoyed experimenting making candles, but for the business I priced how much it would cost me to buy the paraffin and candle wax,” she says.
“It’s tricky work and you have to be patient and steady to get the right result.
“I feel I am accomplishing something for my family when I produce a good batch. I sell candles in different colours, large and small, but even though they are more expensive, the most popular ones are white. I like them too!’