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ZEP calls for partnerships, collaboration to help poor families

On 27 November 2018, Zero Extreme Poverty Philippines 2030 (ZEP 2030) held its General Assembly, following the launch of the network in 2015.  The event reflected the growing passion of its members to create a sustainable and long-term plan to help extremely poor families become self-sufficient.   ZEP 2030, a coalition of civil society-led movement […]

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The Perfect Cup of Coffee

The province of Benguet is known to produce up to 40 percent of vegetables in Luzon.  But in the town of Atok, the residents have set their sights on one agricultural product, coffee. Being part of the Cordillera Mountain Range, the coffee farmers trek through foothills to pick only the red-ripe coffee cherries from the […]

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Benguet coop makes a mark in the coffee industry

The Autonomous Cordillera Region straddles the lush and mineral-rich Cordillera Mountain Range and is considered home to one of the best producers of coffee in the country. This recognition is galvanized when Benguet province won three of six awards in the Philippine Coffee Quality Competition in March this year. The cool and refreshing air in Benguet province is […]

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Fisherfolks learn sustainable aquaculture practices

For coastal communities who depend heavily on fishing for their livelihood, protecting their marine area and conserving their mangrove forest are vital to sustain their main source of income. The same is true for Padre Burgos in Quezon province. The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), together with the Coalition of Municipal Fisherfolks Association of Zamboanga […]

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Sweet success for cacao farmers

The inviting sweet aroma of ‘Sikwate’ or chocolate drink looks deliciously irresistible as it is slowly poured through a ‘batirol’ (a traditional wooden tool to make a chocolate drink), still steaming hot and mouth-watering greeted the visiting PEF team to the cacao processing and development center of Chocolate de San Isidro (CSI).  Without doubt, Sikwate […]

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Where bitter turns sweet

Her childhood memory of the small hut where she and her four siblings lived together with her parents was still vivid in the mind of Jean Salazar-de la Torre, the eldest daughter of cacao farmers Ricardo and Erlinda Salazar. “Kung moulan gani, mahinumduman nako akong papa manguha og dahon sa Marang aron itapal sa buslot […]

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Fostering Sunrise Industries

The ability to identify gaps in and respond to the market is key to any enterprise’s success. Global Organic and Wellness Corporation (GlowCorp)—a marketing company set up by eight farmer groups—leveraged the health benefits of commodities grown in the Philippines to become a social enterprise (SE) competing successfully in the global market for organic products. […]

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Learning by Doing

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) is a learning organization on social enterprise (SE). And what better way to learn SE, than by doing SE? This is the story of the first SE venture directly managed by PEF. In behalf of one of its members, the Cordillera Network of Development NGOs (CORDNET), a self-sustaining, pro-active, […]

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Leveraging Partners for Growth

Financing social enterprises (SEs) is often difficult because they are considered high-risk investments. To overcome this financing obstacle, a Bicol-based SE, Juboken Technologies, leveraged its production knowhow and pool of local partners to sustain and grow its business. Juboken processes coconut husks sourced from local farmers into coconut fiber, an effective material for controlling soil […]

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