Julius Campo was raised in a brood of 6 children. His father worked for a copper mining company in Toledo City, Cebu. A work-related accident caused his untimely death, which triggered untold economic difficulties to his wife and children. With a meager pension, Julius’ mother, a jobless housewife, tried to make ends meet by raising hogs, fattening sow, and selling piglets. The burden was on the shoulders of Julius, the eldest of them all, who was 19 years old when his father died. He had to wake up early, study hard, finish all chores, and sleep late every day.
Life was hard. But the pig business helped pay for the family’s daily needs and school tuition. Julius’ mother felt indescribable joy when all her children finished high school. Three siblings were able to finish college and the other 3 finished vocational courses. In a way, the pig business supported their livelihood through those crucial years.
Julius knows how to fatten sow and raise pigs very well, having spent 10 years of his young life there. Sensing the call of the Lord, he went to Bible College and earned a degree there. After graduation, he planted new churches in the provincial towns of Cebu for many years. But the pay was low at Php 300.00 ($6.00) per week in those days. He and his wife had a child to feed. So he went into weaving rattan to augment his limited income. He was paid Php 100.00 ($2.00) per unit by an agent of an export company. He had to do tedious jobs here and there to provide for his young family.
One day, Julius decided to join a entrepreneurship training sponsored by DBA Philippines in how to start his own business. There he learned how to select a business idea, make a budget, and meet customer needs. He learned the value of savings and profit and loss. He selected a business idea that was special to him—sow fattening. He prepared a business plan. He estimated that sow breeding and growing a herd will give him more profits in the long term.
Julius wants to start a piggery business to save some money for the college education of his kids. He also intends to support needy pastors. He’s been there and done that, and still do, and he’d like to give his share to others. He believes that with determination, discipline, and hard work, he can accomplish greater things for a greater cause by the grace of God.