A programme for populations vulnerable to HIV helps individuals start small businesses, like a food stand, at a time when many have trouble finding employment during COVID-19. © UNFPA Philippines/Merceditas Apilado | Photo for representational purposes only

METRO MANILA, Philippines – Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and COVID-19 created needs of sweeping depth and breadth all over the globe. Many newly unemployed had to reinvent themselves to find an alternative stream of income as old jobs shrunk or disappeared completely because of the pandemic.