The early days of the pandemic provided some of us more free time and the opportunity to do things we wanted to do. Some got more in touch with their hobbies and passions, while some decided to take the extra days to start their business.
One example of the latter is Jomary Nuqui, a young entrepreneur and college student who started his own goat farm business.
During the early days of the pandemic in 2020, Nuqui decided to start the business as his means of earning extra income. Being an agricultural student, himself majoring in animal science, Nuqui decided that raising goats and selling them for profit is the best fit for him.
With only P11,500 as his starting capital, an amount he religiously saved up over the years, Nuqi took the risk by buying three goats. Eventually, he used his skills by building a shed in their backyard and made use of his knowledge about animal science by making sure that the goats had decent supply of vitamins and medicine.
In just a span of two years, Nuqui has managed to grow his livestock – from just three goats up to sixty. With the expansion of his business, Nuqui earns an average of P10,000 per month by selling the goats. Currently, he also has plans of selling goat’s milk as part of his planned business expansion.
Nuqui shares that his day consists of taking care of the goats, making sure that they are well-fed and their vitamins are taken, negotiating with goat buyers, and of course, taking care of his studies as an agriculture student. He mentions that doing both is quite a challenge but very fulfilling, as they are both his passions.
Nuqui encourages people his age to take risks by venturing to business ideas while emphasizing the importance of being passionate and being frugal.
Chronicling his daily life as a goat farmer, Nuqui also shares his YouTube channel, AgriZbo, which stands for “Agresibong Agrikultura Ng Henerasyong Z.”
“Kailangan po nating mahalin yung ating ginagawa,” he says. “Kailangan po nating magtiis at mag-sakripisyo para po hindi po masayang yung naging investment natin, lalong-lalo na sa time at sa gastos po sa pag-aalaga. Natuto po tayong magtipid para may mapag-invest pa po sa susunod na araw or in the future po.”
Nuqui also mentioned that starting a business may be very tough, but with enough dedication and perseverance, he said that it surely does get easier. Nuqui plans to fully focus on his goat farming business by the time he finishes his degree.
“Sa mga kabataan po na gustong pasukin itong goat farming or kahit anong negosyo po, kung gusto niyo po talaga itong ginagawa niyo, i-push niyo lang po at marami po tayong struggle na pagdadaanan. Pero in the long run po, magagamay na rin natin ‘to at magiging madali na rin para sa atin.”