Turning chocolate into gold

“Five years from now, I’ll be making Bohol literally the island of Chocolates,” says chocolatier Dalareich Polot, manager of Dalareich Food Products and founder of Ginto Fine Chocolates.   A bean to bar chocolate handmade from cacao beans, Dalareich Food Products sourced its tablea, the local name for roasted, ground and molded nibs of fermented […]


Scanning for opportunities on Shari’a financing

Shari’a-based microfinance has been slowly gaining more women advocates.  This, even as the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which mandates the promotion of Islamic banking, is still awaiting passage at the House of Representatives. At a learning exchange held on November 7, 2017 in Davao City, eleven Moro women leaders from five partner organizations* of the Peace […]


Indigenous peoples as social entrepreneurs

Indigenous peoples (or IPs) remain one of the most vulnerable sectors in Philippine society. Marginalization, socio-economic injustice, political misrepresentation, and environmental degradation are some of the complex problems that they face. With the growing complexity of these issues and in order to uplift their socio-economic condition, various IP groups have implemented social enterprises (SEs) in […]


The Women of Kape Maramag

Maramag, Bukidnon. A petite woman with nimble feet, that’s how some people see Lilibeth Puerto Galendez, 49, this empowered woman of the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) Kape Maramag, Inc. as she energetically guided a number of guests among coffee producers from other regions.  It could be this trait that has endeared her among her peers […]


When North meets South – a Learning Exchange

At the sight of the bountiful green coffee berries, the visitors from the North who are mostly coffee growers could not believe their eyes.  So amazed they were that they could not seem to grasp how coffee trees could grow so low and yet bear so much fruit. What they saw was the coffee farm […]


Coffee tasting for the enthusiasts at Good News Kapihan

Cupping is said to be a powerful tool for evaluating coffees and broadening our palates. Mr. Robert Francisco, Executive Director of Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI), not only educated participants about coffee but has given them the actual experience of coffee cupping, during the recent Good News Kapihan held in Commune Café in Makati City […]


Building support for cacao and coconut social enterprises

When Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) celebrated its 15th anniversary, PEF urged non-profit and for-profit social entrepreneurs, government, private sector, promoters and other enablers to scale up their efforts and forge stronger partnerships to build self-sufficient, self-reliant and resilient communities. As it moves towards an area-based, community-driven approach to scale up the impact of social […]


Coffee-based industry projects get P 5.48M funding from PEF

Of the 37 newly approved projects of the Peace and Equity Foundation, four coffee-based industry projects made it to the list. Coffee social enterprises, Atok Arabica Coffee Growers Marketing Cooperative, and Kape Maramag received funding for coffee consolidation & marketing, and working capital, respectively. KAPE MARAMAG is a small-scale community-based coffee enterprise managed by the […]


MOA Signing for the 2nd Installment of Impact Hub Fellowship

Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Impact Hub Manila (IHM) and WWF-Philippines formalizing their partnership for the second run of the Impact Hub Fellowship for Agriculture. PEF IHM and WWF Philippines will identify and incubate entrepreneurial solutions to a variety of issues related to sustainable energy, especially those with […]

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