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Dodong’s fine cars: private sector development through migration

  • Dodong’s fine cars: private sector development through migration

    My name is Dodong, I am a mechanic and live in the Philippines. For me and my family and friends the issue of migration is part of everyday life: nearly 10 million Filipinos live and work outside their countries of origin, and remittances accounted for 10 percent of the Filipino GDP in 2014.

  • Dodong’s fine cars: private sector development through migration

    Like many other Filipinos, I decided to go to Saudi Arabia for five years, where I can use my skills and obtain further qualifications as a car mechanic. In Saudi Arabia, I began to dream of having my own small garage - „Dodong‘s Fine Cars“. My plan is to rent a garage at home in Iloilo with my brother and offer my service to the surrounding villages.

  • Dodong’s fine cars: private sector development through migration

    For the implementation of my idea, I need starting capital. My family could save some of the money that I send home every month, but they still doubt my idea. Instead, they would rather invest in their own car.

  • Dodong’s fine cars: private sector development through migration

    I would like to be self-employed after my return, but I have doubts about whether I can manage this without the necessary business know-how. Taking this into account, I pragmatically decided to stay on in Saudi Arabia, as I can at least continue to support my family through my stay abroad.

  • Dodong’s fine cars: private sector development through migration

    In the Filipino Embassy in Riad I noticed a pamphlet of the organization “Athika Overseas Workers and and Community Initiative”. Through Athika, I signed up for a training which aims at developing a business plan, thereby supporting me in the establishment of my own business.

  • Dodong’s fine cars: private sector development through migrationDodong’s fine cars: private sector development through migration

    I am enthusiastic about Athika’s advanced training and hope that not only myself, my family and possible employees but also my potential customers will benefit from „Dodong‘s Fine Cars“.

We would like to thank the GIZ Sector Project Migration & Development for providing us with the Stories about Migration and Development for further usage. The brochure can be downloaded in PDF format on the website of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Download: Stories about Migration and Development

There you can also find a selection of links to documents and websites providing further information on migration issues.

BMZ: Migration – Documents and links

June 2017

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