In the episode of I Feel U aired on September 27, host Toni Gonzaga introduced Laidee Capistrano, a mother who ventured into online business amid the pandemic. Although Laidee considers herself lucky to still have a regular job as a banking personnel, her husband was more affected by the crisis. Thus, as the source of strength in the family, she stepped up to keep the fight.
Last June, Laidee started to put up a business inspired by her daughters’ favorite condiment. “Regular Saturday morning, so nagbe-breakfast kami ng asawa ko, and then we were thinking kung ano kayang pwede naming gawing extra income. Ano kayang pwede naming gawing business since everyone is into business now. So, naisip namin ‘yung suka na favorite ng daughters ko,” Laidee said.
From one vinegar variant, Ladiee and her family made other different flavors and related products. They chose to name their business as “Capistrano’s,” their family name. “Naisip namin, we’re just sharing what we enjoy at home and what we actually enjoy eating as a family,” shared Laidee.
The whole family is involved in the homemade vinegar business. They are extra busy on the weekends and even the kids would join them in making the products. Thus, apart from earning, the business also serves as their family bonding activity.
Putting up a business amid a crisis isn’t easy. But Laidee finds inspiration from her kids, wanting to teach them that it’s still possible to thrive despite the circumstances. More importantly, they’re grateful to God for giving them the ability to produce well and help others in the process.