Category Archives: Social Enterprise Stories

COMAVEMCO on weathering storms, responding to the pandemic, and rising again 

“Early morning after the typhoon, I came here, and I was shocked. It was a mess, there were piles of trash. We lost one of our motorcycles. We lost a lot of equipment. Our water refilling [station] is located at the other side of the road, but it was still damaged by the winds. The […]

HOPE in Microfinance

In 2016, taking hold of their resources and expertise, long-time microfinance employees ventured into an enterprise with the hope of enriching the lives of others through providing financial services and entrepreneurship development. Tired of living away from their families, colleagues Enrique “Ric” Maca, Orbil Driz, and Kirk Candelon banked on their background in microfinance and […]

Coops4Food: Facilitating Market Access During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant stresses and disruption in the local food supply chain. At the height of the crisis, bottlenecks in transport and logistics disrupted the movement of products. There was shortage in supplies in major consumer areas and a surplus in producing communities. Farmer cooperatives in Mindanao were experiencing difficulties selling their produce, […]

Inside the Cup: Crisis, Sustainability, and Philippine Coffee

There seems to be no clear end in sight yet to the coronavirus pandemic. The government has put a name on the “new normal”— the general community quarantine (GCQ) involves more relaxed measures compared to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that is still in place in Metro Manila and other high-risk areas. Businesses now have to adapt to the long-haul reality that COVID-19 brought upon us.     Fortunately for […]

Helping Farmers Feed Families During COVID-19

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted to an unexpected slump in the Philippine economy. The latest report from the National Economic and Development Authority estimates that the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth will likely be at 4.3 at best and negative 0.6 percent at worst, assuming the impact of the crisis is […]

Hope After Leprosy: The Story of Bagong Pag-Asa Credit Cooperative

It was the early 16th century when Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, haunted the Philippine archipelago. People inflicted with leprosy were taken away from their families and isolated in far-flung communities. When medical treatments for leprosy were not yet discovered, patients had to endure unbearable pain from drug trials by physicians. Decades have passed […]

‘Sweet’ Redemption Through Group Farming

La Castellana, Negros Occidental—Almost four decades ago, farmer Mario Patricio took up arms to resist the elite landlords or “hacienderos.” Today, this 60-year-old man’s gnarled hand still holds on tightly to his weapon. However, he no longer holds a gun, just a sharp machete. He wields the machete to reap the fruits of his labor […]

Rising From Typhoons Through a Dairy Enterprise

A dairy enterprise boosts Isabela farmers stuck in a cycle of poverty and uncertainty due to typhoons and natural disasters MANILA, Philippines – For the agricultural sector, typhoons and other natural disasters have placed them in a never-ending cycle of poverty and uncertainty. To Romeo Bugarin, a farmer and chairman of Malaya Development Cooperative (MDC) […]

How Isabela Farmers Are Becoming Social Entrepreneurs

A cooperative of farmers in the municipality of Gamu shift to organic farming Way before the onset of the storms we are experiencing now, there have been many times when 57-year-old Mang Kikoy stood under the scorching heat and looked afar, wondering if he still has crops to harvest. Every time rain has been scarce, […]


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