The strict quarantine and stay-at-home protocols imposed because of the pandemic compelled many to look for ways to battle cabin fever or to earn something. For some who have been displaced, they went into online selling. Others pursued hobbies that can be done at home like painting, singing, TikToking (if that’s even a word), and cooking.
At the dawn of the pandemic, some got into gardening. They are now known as “plantitos” and “plantitas” (from the words “plant” and “Tito/Tita”). Some of these people went into vegetable gardening because going to the market was difficult. For some, it’s just a hobby. But for some, a means to earn money.
Vegetables X SPECS
Humans turn to vegetables for food. Planting seems easy. But that’s not the case in areas like Metro Manila where space is a problem and to plant means monetary capital. This is where the collab between SPECS Foundation Inc. and the farmers of Benguet comes in. Enter Puso Vendor Initiative! The vendors were given a “vegetable loan” worth a certain amount of money and they will give back the amount after a week. No need to scrounge for capital or look for suppliers who can give them veggies on credit. And the prices are low, so the selling price is also very wallet-friendly. God-sent in these circumstances.
In these trying times, to survive boredom, going green is now an essential part of surviving the new normal. But for our Puso Vendors, going green is survival itself.