Lilia, 59, has been selling kakanin for a few years now, a necessity since she has to support not just her husband (who used to work in construction sites but had to quit due to appendicitis) but also their 10 kids.
“Sayo man gud nisugod (I started early),” she said with a hearty laugh, having married at 18.
Mainly, it was because when she was young, her father did not send her to school since women are supposed to just marry and be supported by her husband.
Life is hard, Lilia now says; which is why she teaches especially her daughters to go to school.
“Eskwela jud (You really have to study),” she says with emphasis.