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PEF and partners prepare for future disasters

In celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, The countries of the Asia-Pacific region are facing urgent climate variability pressures that are threatening the cornerstones of development – economic growth and poverty reduction. The Philippines is at the top-most worldwide ranking in terms of hazard exposure brought about by climate change variability as well […]

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Southeast Asia Mobile Apps Challenge (SEAMAC) winners announced; PEF launches mobile app

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) recently launched its Mobile App to support the growth of business solutions using mobile applications that will benefit the industries of health, social enterprise, disaster management and development finance among others. Coinciding with the PEF mobile app launch was the awarding of the top ten winners of the Southeast […]

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Gassing Up, Driving the Vehicle to Enterprise Growth

As part of strengthening its partners to be sustainable enterprises, PEF brought together its ten partners for ACE program’s second module that talked about managing working capital. When social enterprises approach Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) for support, they usually ask for either of these two things: working capital or capital budget. However, managing cash […]

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The “Poor Man’s” Sugar

FOR THE last eight years, Jessie Natan, 51, has been producing muscovado sugar in his farmyard in Laua-an town, Antique, the poorest province in western Visayas. Muscovado—the name could be from the Portuguese açúcar mascavar—is dark brown and slightly coarse. It used to be called the “poor man’s” sugar. Produced directly from sugarcane juice, it’s […]

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DIWAGRIMPCO’s Journey in Delivering Potable Water to Ilog Residents

Ilog is a 2nd class municipality in Negros Occidental composed of 15 barangays. The area was named as such because of its proximity to the Ilog-Hilabangan river basin. In addition, Panay Gulf lies on its left side which makes fishing one of the residents’ main forms of livelihood. Despite being surrounded by different water bodies, […]

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Cashing in on chips

The farmers’ cooperative in the North Cotabato province took a risk and a gamble by undertaking entrepreneurship with a conscience—and is now reaping its rewards. The Magpet Agro Industrial Cooperative (Magirco ) was organized in 1989 by Eufronio Zamoras and Jesus Kionisala. They put up the cooperative as a way of consolidating the local farmers’ […]

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RECOVER HOPE:  A Partnership Guarantee Fund for Safe Shelter

Thousands of families living in Cagayan de Oro City were hit by severe Typhoon Sendong (international name, Washi) on December 16, 2011.  In 2012, PEF and Cordaid partnered with local NGOs for RECOVER HOPE (Rebuilding Communities through Vibrant Economic Resilience for Houses, Organization, Peace and Enterprises). PEF directly supported three non-government organizations (NGOs), as Community […]

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All Sun, No Smoke

Kamanepla Multi-Purpose Cooperative sees the solar energy lamps social enterprise its social enterprise continuing to build the community by improving IN TULUNAN, Cotabato Province, nearly half of households have no access to electricity. They pay a lot for light—as much as Php350 a month for kerosene to light their homes and small businesses. What they […]

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Tapping the Coconut Tree to Green the Lives of Farmers

The Philippines is the second biggest coconut producing country in the world. Yet, around 60% of this agricultural industry’s farmers, workers and their families struggle for daily survival. Francisco Rubio, founder and chief executive officer of Green Life Coco Products, Inc. (GreenLife) in Tayabas, Quezon province, knows this reality pretty well.  The son of a […]

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