Beta Flang is a 42-year old Tboli woman residing with her husband and their 3 children at Brgy. Tasiman, Lake Sebu. Her husband is a farmer and they primarily depend on his income. Life for Beta and her family is hard especially because she and her husband were not able to finish their studies.
In 2009, she joined a Self-Help Group with the hopes of saving money and eventually help improve her family’s living condition. She took a loan from the SHG fund to start a small business which is making kewel or traditional Tboli necklaces out of beads. After a couple of months, she bought a piglet worth 1,500 pesos with her earnings from selling beaded necklaces. Then, she was able to sell the piglet she raised for 5,000 pesos after several months. Wanting to further help her husband, they sold another pig to buy a horse for hauling their farm products. Since hauling is a relevant source of income in their area, this will help them earn additional income. Things continued to change in Beta’s life ever since individual goal-setting was introduced to them through the self-help approach. It motivated her to continue dreaming and achieving her goals. In 2017, Beta set her biggest goal – to build her dream house. Then, her determination and hardwork paid off. In 2019, her dream house was not a dream anymore. Beta Flang is thankful for the help extended to them through their SHG and for helping them realize their dreams through goal-setting. Today, she still continues to make beaded necklaces. She was even able to help her neighbors earn extra income through letting them help in making necklaces since she couldn’t keep up with the increasing demand. For almost 10 years of being a SHG member, Beta Flang remain grateful and determined to work hard for her family.