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, […]

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. […]

SE advances environmental protection

The Palawan NGO Network, Inc. (PNNI) shares a common vision for social justice and equitable distribution of wealth rooted in self-help and participatory democracy. It was formed in November 1991 among several mainstream non-government organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) in Palawan to present a broader NGO consensus. It hopes to carry more weight and […]

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 […]

Propelling an NGO’s Transition to a Business Company

Healthcare in the Philippines has been criticized for being both unaffordable for and inaccessible to the poor.  This is exacerbated by the little trust that Filipinos have of existing healthcare services. Fortunately, organizations like HealthDev Integrative Clinics, Inc. (HDIC) are helping address these problems. HDIC started as a program of the HealthDev Institute (HDI), a […]

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’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clinic partnership steps up efforts to reduce maternal deaths in the Philippines

FriendlyCare, a new birthing home, provides accessible and quality maternal care in post-Yolanda Tacloban Despite ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the areas struck by Yolanda, countless survivors are yet to fully recover from the destruction left by the super typhoon last November 2013. Some of the challenges the survivors still face include the lack of decent […]

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