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Microenterprise leaves more time to serve as bishop

Arnel Quilloy was mildly surprised when he was accepted to the Academy for Creating Enterprise. A bishop in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur, Philippines, he suffered from polio, which left one leg much shorter than the other. He feared his disability would disqualify him.

Women involved in entrepreneurial endeavord Philippines.
Women involved in entrepreneurial endeavord Philippines.

But since he could climb stairs and was generally mobile, he was accepted.

Bishop Quilloy worked for a bakery selling bread. He would arise early every morning and ride his bicycle to the bakery where he would gather a sufficient number of loaves of bread and rolls. He spent the rest of the day peddling to 30 small grocery stores where he sold the bread. On his return route, he would gather rice and sell it on his way home.

To attend the academy, he arranged with his brother to complete the route each day.

He was an enthusiastic student and became something of a spiritual leader to the other students. His business plan detailed how he would start his own bakery and rice dealership.

After returning home, he learned that his employer now required him to work on Sunday. But since serving a mission, Bishop Quilloy had avoided Sunday employment. And as a bishop, he knew he couldn't work and continue serving.

After discussing the situation with his wife, they decided he should start his own business. His wife baked brownies each morning and he sold them to grocers. He collected money with each sale, providing him money to purchase rice to sell on his return trip.

He was able to grow his working capital large enough to purchase a motor scooter, which increased his ability to sell to more stores on the island.

Honoring his commitment to the academy, he shares his knowledge by teaching ward members successful business principles.

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