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How CARD MRI Helps 6 Million Poor Families Through Microfinance

The financial institution received the Elevating Homegrown Innovation award at this year's OCEAN Summit

Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, founder and chairman of CARD MRI, speaks at the OCEAN Summit, where his organization was awarded this year’s Elevating Homegrown Innovation AwardThis year’s Open Collaboration for East Asian Networks or OCEAN Summit, held last November 9 and 10 ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | November 29, 2018 12:00:00
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Five Social Enterprises Awarded Php500K Each in BPI Sinag Awards 2018

All the winners are involved in agriculture and upcycling

Five social enterprises that are mainly dedicated to agriculture, upcycling and helping rural communities emerged as winners of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Sinag Awards 2018, which were announced on September 21.These outstanding social enterprises are Carbon Cycle Processing Inc., ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 03, 2018 11:00:00
Business Ideas

These Millennial Siblings Left Manila to Set Up A Hostel and Arts Center in Leyte

They volunteered after Supertyphoon Yolanda hit Tacloban. And then they decided to stay

Siblings Jacques and Lucia Palami founded and now run Yellow Doors Hostel in Tacloban, LeyteWhen Yolanda hit Tacloban in 2013, the surge of volunteers in the area posed another challenge—where do they stay? Two siblings, Jacques and Lucia Palami, were just some ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | July 16, 2018 08:00:00
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Bacolod Startup Wins Php3.9M for Training Disadvantaged Youth to Become Skilled Workers

Bagosphere bested over 700 applicants from more than 31 countries in the Asia-Pacific region

Bacolod-based social enterprise Bagosphere won the top prize of 100,000 Australian dollars (Php3.9 million) last April 19 in Frontier Innovators, a search for innovative businesses in the Asia-Pacific by the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Bagosphere, together with 14 other ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | May 07, 2018 09:00:00
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Marvin Agustin and 9 Top Entrepreneurs to Mentor Finalists in Search for PH’s Best Social Enterprises

Competition is sponsored by Gina Lopez’s new foundation for uplifting poor communities

Associations, social enterprises, cooperatives, foundations, or non-government organizations have the chance to win Php100,000 in cash and mentorship from some of the country’s top entrepreneurs in a nationwide search for projects that have the most impact in uplifting poor communities.Launched in March, ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 17, 2018 10:00:00
Startup Tips

How to Turn 52,000 Poor Farmers into Prosperous Entrepreneurs: Lessons From an Indonesian Social Enterprise

The company connects the farmers’ products with leading retailers and restaurants around the world

Javara is an Indonesian social enterprise aiming to preserve the country’s food biodiversity by empowering its indigenous farmersMention Indonesia and perhaps the first things that come to mind are its tourist attractions such as its beaches and temples. Others may mention Jakarta ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | February 05, 2018 09:00:00
Run & Grow

9 Mobile Apps That Are Taking Social Entrepreneurship to the Next Level

You can help charities and nonprofits without breaking the bank

While the idea of social entrepreneurship isn’t new, it has taken a more concrete definition only recently. Twenty years ago, The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur by Charles Leadbeater was published, commenting on how a ragtag group of misfits and dreamers were mobilizing business resources ...

by Parth Misra  | January 30, 2018 12:00:00
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Business That Hires Professional Home Cleaners From Gawad Kalinga Communities Among BPI’s 10 Social Enterprise Awardees for 2017

Happy Helpers Manila and 9 other social enterprises were awarded with up to Php500K-worth of seed-funding grants

In this day and age, a lot of Filipino households hardly find enough time to do household chores because of their busy lifestyles—especially in Metro Manila. This is the problem Happy Helpers Manila aims to solve.Established in 2014, Happy Helpers is a ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | November 28, 2017 10:00:00
Business Ideas

25 Social Entrepreneurs Changing Lives in the Philippines

Meet the social entrepreneurs who are changing the country one life at a time

Social entrepreneurship is a concept that's been around for a while, but its rapid growth the past decade is impossible to ignore.The concept of social value has its roots in charity but it has evolved into a different beast. More than being charitable, ...

by Paolo Chua for  | August 06, 2017 12:00:00
Run & Grow

Messy Bessy: Making social entrepreneurship cool, keeping hearts full

And it all started with a cup of Starbucks coffee

Imagine Metro Manila without Seattle’s famous coffee chain. Messy Bessy founder and CEO Kristina “Krie” Lopez-Reyes remembers it vividly. In fact, she was part of the team that brought the international chain in Philippine waters.“I was the financial analyst. For years under ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 10, 2016 01:00:00
Startup Tips

Even social entrepreneurs need profit to meet their goals

It’s not as easy as you think.

It is very fashionable these days to declare yourself a social entrepreneur, working for the good of society, the environment and a better life. Most social entrepreneurs do not like to talk about making money, but often they still ask for help finding ...

by Martin Zwilling  | June 07, 2016 03:00:00
Business Ideas

How this woman created one business from many talents

Changing the world, one artisan at a time.

 It could have been a giant cinderblock. It certainly would have cost less and would have served the same general purpose. Soon to rise in Varansi, India, is a breathtaking structure to house silk artisans. Designed by celebrity architect David Adjaye, the ...

by Jason Haber  | June 06, 2016 03:00:00
Run & Grow

How I plan to make the world more inclusive for LGBT

The 2016 Ashoka fellow shares his group’s efforts to develop an app that lists all LGBT-friendly agencies, establishments in Asia’s major cities.

It was in 2004 when some of the worst things that could happen to anyone interestingly fell on my lap in one day.Part of the prerequisites for employment in Singapore was for an HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) test. When it was my ...

by Laurindo Garcia as told to Elyssa Christine Lopez  | June 04, 2016 05:00:00