A Filipino opened up her own business in the Philippines after being able to undertake job skills training in Hong Kong.

The domestic worker named Dolor, 46, who worked for a Chinese family in Tsuen Wan, was suddenly fired when she asked for permission to return to the Philippines for her son’s grade school graduation, sunwebhk.com reported.

Dolor said the employer insisted that she wasn’t needed at her son’s graduation, which would proceed without her. Faced with sudden unemployment, she used her unexpected free time to attend job skills training in bead work, crocheting and business planning.

She was able to return to the Philippines after a few months in time to attend her son’s graduation. She also set up a small business in her home in Baguio and applied what she had learned from her training in Hong Kong. Her new enterprise involves the production and sales of home-made jewelry.

Dolor said that previously she would not have had the confidence to set up her own business if it weren’t for the training that was available to domestic workers in Hong Kong.