Beyond the profit

HOW the products were made or how it will be marketed is all driven by profit because that is the very reason for pursuing a business. There are, however, rare individuals with the noblest reason for venturing into business and going beyond the profit.

One of them is Terrence Zabala, a 28-year-old barber in Davao City, who has dedicated himself giving free haircuts to homeless people. He is actually more known as The Street Barber.

His passion and advocacy in life pushed him to start selling pomade, the wax used to style hair. Aside from selling Street Barber Shirts to give the homeless individuals in the city not only decent haircuts, the pomade business is another way to earn for them.

"I am doing this to fund my own advocacy since they do not just deserve a haircut but also food to eat. I am just starting and I am hoping this will work out," Terrence said.

It was last year when his story got featured in the different media outlets in the country and some people expressed their interest in helping out.

One person who has been making pomade in Metro Manila contacted him and proposed to create pomade for Terrence with his own brand name as a way of helping him in his advocacy.

This year, he launched his own brand of pomade called Davao Street Barber. Each pomade of 50 grams costs only P250.

The profit he will earn from it will be set aside for his feeding project in December which he started last year. He said that he plans to give the homeless a haricut and a decent food to eat this Christmas.

"This is a fundraising for my Homeless Feeding Project this coming December. In that project we will also share the love and the word of Jesus," he said.

The pomade's ingredients were personally chosen and brewed by his supplier Gentle Vikings in Luzon so products need to be shipped. The ingredients are beeswax, distilled water, candelilla wax, kaolin clay, lanolin, sunflower oil, avocado oil, stearic acid, lecithin, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, preservative, and fragrances. The product is water-based and gives out medium shine result.

Since the product and its name are new to the Dabawenyos, Terrence admitted that he has been having a hard time competing in the market.

"The social media is really a great help in my business because most people are ordering through my Facebook account. I hope my product and its purpose would reach more people soon," he said.

Terrence ships his products nationwide. Interested individuals may order through his Facebook account Terrence Real Zabala to arrange shipping or meet-up for the products.


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