IN PHOTOS: #EndPoverty: Social Business Summit 2014
BULACAN, Philippines – Before Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan, became a breeding ground for young social entrepreneurs, an agricultural and farming laboratory, and a sustainable community for poor in the countryside of Bulacan it was a rock quarry.
“It [started] with an idea,” said Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto during the opening of the Social Business Summit, which ran from Oct 2 - 4, at the Enchanted Farm. “There was literally nothing here,” Meloto said.
According to the farm’s website, “the GK Enchanted Farm is Gawad Kalinga’s platform to raise social entrepreneurs, help our local farmers and create wealth in the countryside.”
Gawad Kalinga, which means “to give care,” is a Philippine-based poverty-alleviation and nation building movement that was founded 11 years ago.
The Enchanted Farm is home to several social enterprises including Bayani Brew, Blue Bamboo Ventures and Plush and Play stuffed toys.
The newest addition to the farm is the recently opened School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED), which opened last August with 47 students.
Big names in government, business, media and NGOs came from all over the Philippines and the world to the small town of Angat, Bulacan, to talk about how social entrepreneurship can lead the way to inclusive growth in the Philippines and help eradicate poverty. Nestlé Philippines CEO John Miller; Philippine senators Pia Cayetano and Bam Aquino; Cebu businessman Manny Osemeña; BIR Chief and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima were among those who attended the 3-day conference.
See more highlights in the photos below:
(All photos by Gawad Kalinga/Linh Do)
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Recap the entire event AS IT HAPPENS here.