Preparing the next gen of social entrepreneurs

In 2011, twenty-six-year-old Jamir Ocampo founded the social enterprise (SE), Tsaa Laya to provide livelihood to mothers and women relocated from overpopulated Manila. The herbal plants and tea processing facility was established inside a resettlement area in Calauan, Laguna

Jamir, now 33, is also the brains behind Roots Katipunan, a co-working space and lifestyle store for entrepreneurs, NGOs, and creative individuals.

In the Philippines, there are around 164,473 social enterprises. One in four social enterprises is led by a millennial.

To inspire social entrepreneurship and innovative solutions to societal problems among the youth, the Peace and Equity Foundation partnered with Roots Katipunan for the leadership development of young social entrepreneurs.

Tagged as Collective Community Program, this community of practice will provide entrepreneurial capacity building, market access and impact funding.

During the kick-off meeting on 29 September 2018, Roots Katipunan gathered 14 of its most supportive and long-staying fellows to work with them in scaling up through the lens of the growth center concept.  The topics include a needs assessment of the individual enterprises and the possibility of Roots Katipunan becoming the first social entrepreneurship cooperative.

In 2019, aside from its Manila Center, four regional grown centers in Baguio, Bohol, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro will also be organized to be led by local youth leaders.

PEF and Roots Katipunan hope that the program will not just contribute in the leadership development of the youth but also on fellowship-building to further strengthen the network of aspiring and seasoned social entrepreneurs supporting each other.

PEF fosters conversations and learning about a variety of topics of interest to stakeholders and partners in building development models that work.

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Roots Katipunan also offers community events, business incubation programs, and events space which all aims to build a locally connected community.

More than just a physical space, the community hub creates connections and opportunities for interaction and collaboration. Their principles are anchored on social responsibility and designing mindful, meaningful and creative lifestyles. They also work with grassroots communities through the products and brands they carry at their store. It is located at Unit 106 FBR Arcade, 317 Katipunan Ave. Brgy. Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

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