Ursula Acao enrolled in the Academy during its pilot program in 2000. Like most Philippine women, she longed for financial freedom, and a life where she would not have to worry about providing her family with their basic needs. The Academy gave her the confidence and direction she needed to start down this path. With a burning desire for self-reliance, borrowed money, and her newfound business knowledge, she began a pharmacy business in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Within 5 years she was able to grow this single branch into two branches and she employ several of her family members in the business. “I owe my success to the Academy for reaching out to us. Without it I would still be employed, spending more time at work than with my children and husband and still not making ends meet.” Ursula’s goal now is to increase the number of her outlets and employ more members from their area to help them improve their economic lives as well.

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