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Aling Norma of Kidapawan: Work to survive

Aling Norma, 56, has been selling durian and marang for years now. She usually “buys” a tree – that is, she pays for the fruits of one tree, costing her approximately P2,000 per tree. When the fruits ripen, she pays for people to harvest the fruits, which she then sells, hopefully to a profit.

At times, she said, she gets unlucky when “dili ayos ako mapili nga punuan (if the tree I choose ends up being no good).”

However, she prides herself of being learned by now with “pagpili ug tarong (properly choosing).”

No, she doesn’t earn much. But Aling Norma is realistic. “Kung dili ta mamaligya, muunsa man ta? Mangamatay ta ana! Trabaho jud aron mabuhi (If I don’t sell, what do I do then? We’ll die if I don’t sell. You have to work to survive)!”

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