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How Isabela farmers are becoming social entrepreneurs

A cooperative of farmers in the municipality of Gamu shift to organic farming

  Way before the onset of the storms we are experiencing now, there have been many times when 57-year-old Mang Kikoy stood under the scorching heat and looked afar, wondering if he still has crops to harvest. Every time rain has been scarce, ...

by Kathleen P. Lungub  | August 30, 2016 04:00:00
Business Ideas

Kawil Tours: Establishing eco-tourism in a once-isolated island

This social enterprise is letting the community run the show.

Next to its better-known neighbors like Coron, Isla Culion has to fight doubly hard to earn a reputation as a budding tourist destination. The former leper colony, declared leprosy-free in 2006 by the World Health Organization, boasts unspoiled vistas and a rich ...

by Victoria Vizcarra  | September 21, 2015 05:00:00
Run & Grow

Rags2Riches: Building trust at the grassroots level

Rags2Riches proves that a social enterprise can also be a serious, profitable business.

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz describes the origins of Rags2Riches (R2R), the internationally renowned fashion and design brand, as a “very serious experiment.” “We knew we were there for the long haul, but it was still something we had never done before,” she explains. She knew ...

by Victoria Vizcarra  | September 09, 2015 07:00:00
Business Ideas

AboitizPower head is Entrepreneur of the Year

Aboitiz was picked among 16 finalists

Growing the family power company from producing 22 megawatts to a staggering 3,137 megawatts is but one of the reasons why Erramon Aboitiz, president and chief executive officer of AboitizPower Corp. is this year’s Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | October 13, 2011 12:00:00