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What makes you feel Pinoy pride?

Aug 28, 2019 - 4:34 PM

As we close Buwan ng Wika, here are a few reasons to celebrate Pinoy pride – unironically

2 PH start-up teams win global awards

Aug 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Philippine start-up teams Arooga Health and Phinix bag two of the five 2018 Asia-Pacific Youth SDG Innovative Awards in China

UNDP, Citi Foundation launch youth innovation program

Dec 15, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Youth Co:Lab aims to catalyze youth innovation towards solving the world’s biggest social challenges

YOUTH COLLABORATION. UNDP launches Regional Youth Project on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Philippines. Photo by Keb Cuevas/

This young entrepreneur weaves dreams through her social enterprise

Nov 29, 2017 - 5:57 PM

Anya Lim fulfills a childhood dream while keeping the weaving tradition alive

#WhatsNext: How ‘telling good stories’ can lead to business success

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:43 PM

For our second #WhatsNext workshop, successful social entrepreneurs teach us the essentials of social marketing campaigns

1 in 4 social enterprises in PH led by a millennial – study

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Millennials, or those born in the 1980s to 1990s, drive about 24% of the current pool of social enterprises

MORE THAN JUST FISHING. Jhonie Salcedo's seaweed harvest as supported Sentro ha Pagpauswag ha Panginabuhi social enterprise. Photo from CSO-SEED/SPPI  MORE THAN JUST FISHING. Jhonie Salcedo's seaweed harvest as supported Sentro ha Pagpauswag ha Panginabuhi social enterprise. Photo from CSO-SEED/SPPI

The bags made of second chances

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Yvette's Bags and Beads Collection employs inmates and former inmates from the Davao City Jail – a powerful message of hope and second chances

DTI-ARMM launches social enterprise in poorest of the poor region

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:13 AM

DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang says he wants to promote programs that will be sustainable given the current situation in the region

NEW REVOLUTION. DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang said he wants to start a revolution – not an armed revolution – but an economic one. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Do good, feel good at The Giving Cafe in Mandaluyong

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:21 PM

At the Giving Cafe, it's all about good coffee, good food, good vibes, and good intentions

THE GIVING CAFE. The cafe's bright interiors only amplifies the feel-good factor you get from helping a social enterprise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What's The Big Idea? Bo's Coffee competes with global players

Jun 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Coco Alcuaz talks to Bo's Coffee founder Steve Benitez about homegrown brew and becoming a platform for social enterprises

WATCH: Empowering housewives through social enterprises

Apr 02, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Student organization Enactus UPLB helps the housewives of Bayan ni Juan in Calauan Laguna with running small scale businesses

ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTION. Members of Enactus UPLB helps enable progress through entrepreneurial action. All photos from Kevin Cuevas

WATCH: A crowdfunding platform for PH start-ups

Dec 23, 2016 - 11:00 AM

By bridging the gap between idea and capital The Spark Project is helping a new generation of entrepreneurs develop ventures that go beyond profit

This online shop sells products with real social impact

Aug 12, 2016 - 8:47 PM

Ethical jewelry fair trade greeting cards and accessories that give – these are just some of the many unique products you can buy in Cambio Market

'A social enterprise is a business with a soul'

Jul 11, 2016 - 4:08 PM

I heard what everyone needs to hear from the most unsuspecting rugged looking person who looked at everyone with ease

Rappler Talk: Financial literacy for OFWs

Jul 04, 2016 - 1:53 PM

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'Emotions preventing OFWs from financial success'

May 29, 2016 - 8:15 PM

A financial expert says many overseas Filipino workers send most of their earnings to their families – and fail to save for themselves – because they feel emotions such as guilt and shame

BETTER BUDGETING. Around 60 overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong participate in a financial literacy training by SEDPI and the Ateneo School of Government. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Changing mindsets: Teaching financial literacy to OFWs in HK

May 29, 2016 - 3:47 PM

Many overseas Filipino workers face problems with loans A program for OFWs in Hong Kong is helping change that

LOANS. Overseas Filipino workers flock a street in Hong Kong known to host a number of loaning agencies and pawnshops. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: Why sustainable business is good business

May 05, 2016 - 10:50 AM

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals can be a framework

Recruiting millennials: A challenge for social enterprises

Feb 07, 2016 - 11:23 PM

The people behind several prominent social enterprises discuss how to attract and inspire millennials

WATCH: An Indonesian cocoa farmer tastes chocolate for the first time

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:10 PM

An Indonesian cocoa farmer tastes chocolate for the first time in this video that also explains why consuming this chocolate shouldn t make you feel guilty

'Business of kindness': Solution to poverty?

Jan 17, 2016 - 9:31 PM

Don t be afraid to love your people Love keeps on coming back says Human Nature s Dylan Wilk

GOOD BUSINESS. The 2016 Gawad Kalinga Social Business Summit argues that 'business of kindness' and social entrepreneurship are solutions to poverty. Photo by Janica Mae Regalo

PH social enterprise Rags2Riches wins int'l fashion grant

Dec 16, 2015 - 5:37 PM

The social enterprise is the first fashion brand outside of the United States and Canada to win a grant from prestigious New York based fashion brand Eileen Fisher

Photo courtesy of Rag2Riches

DLSU to host quarterfinals of Hult Prize Competition 2016

Dec 01, 2015 - 6:08 PM

The Hult Prize also known as the Nobel Prize for Students is a start up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the best universities worldwide

Samar-based NGO finalist in Project Inspire 2015

Nov 25, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Sentro ha Pagpauswag ha Panginabuhi Center for Local Economy Development provides a sustainable social enterprise model for seaweed farmers in Northern Samar

Image courtesy of Sentro ha Pagpauswag ha Panginabuhi.

Social enterprise advocates push for PRESENT bill passage

Oct 29, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Social enterprises can be instrumental in transforming communities out from poverty through the provision of goods services and opportunities and which can enable these sectors to take part in economic activities

Farmers, mothers can now dream – thanks to peanut spreads

Oct 19, 2015 - 9:00 AM

First Harvest works directly with peanut farmers in Bulacan helping them secure planting materials and commit to purchasing their produce

People over profit

Oct 04, 2015 - 4:59 PM

Social enterprises bring opportunities for sustainability to people long marginalized in the name of profit making

Bayani Brew: Helping farming communities become 'agripreneurs'

Oct 01, 2015 - 7:00 PM

By providing end to end services social enterprise Bayani Brew is able to help farming communities maximize their potential and achieve inclusive growth

Telcos: Farmers, fishermen, entrepreneurs should not be left out

Sep 26, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Smart and Globe say that giving all sectors telecommunications access empower them economically and politically

DISCOURSE. According to Darwin Flores, access to technology allows people to participate in relevant social discussions. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[Executive Edge] Inspiring Filipinos to support social entrepreneurship

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:15 PM

ChooseSocial PH wants to improve the social media reach of their brand and add more social enterprises to the platform so they can help more of them break into the mainstream

Tsaa Laya: The art of growing tea and creating work for the poor

Sep 05, 2015 - 9:00 AM

How can tea transform a jobless area into a place with a thriving economy? A cup of Tsaa Laya tea tells the story

Photo from Tsaa Laya

Advocates invited to 'Hack the Climate'

Aug 28, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Press release: Can technology save the earth from climate change?

PETA to showcase social enterprise's feat in Manila show

Jul 29, 2015 - 2:06 PM

Press release: Renowned theater group PETA partners with Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc to showcase the organization s social enterprise work for the past two decades

Kenya's 'boda-boda' bike drivers aim to be country's next entrepreneurs

Jul 22, 2015 - 9:42 PM

A startup company in Kenya is hoping to upgrade the country s popular taxi bike system to something more sturdy and safer for passengers

MADE FOR AFRICA. Evans Makori (R) "boda boda" taxi motorbike rider road tests, one of the Kibo bikes near a warehouse in Nairobi on July 21, 2015. Kenya's motorbike taxis are popular but dangerous. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Business tips from Filipino social entrepreneurs: Believe, persevere

Jul 18, 2015 - 4:21 PM

If you’re thinking of putting up your own social enterprise here are some tips from some entrepreneurs who’ve gone the same path and are still at it

Rappler Talk: Can Filipino innovators compete on the world stage?

Jun 24, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Social entrepreneur Illac Diaz hopes to show that Filipino innovators can successfully address some of the biggest problems facing the world today

#ProjectInspire: Funding students' dreams through SINAG

Jun 17, 2015 - 3:07 PM

Good intentions are not enough you should also think about how it will work in the long term

Social entrepreneurship beyond livelihood

May 30, 2015 - 4:48 PM

BPI and Ateneo launch a social business competition that aims to widen the focus of social entrepreneurship

Encouraging Filipinos to buy local

Apr 11, 2015 - 8:07 PM

Got Heart Foundation teaches people how to fish help sell the ‘fish ’ and reinvest the sales to grow their partner social enterprises

#ProjectInspire calls on social innovators empowering women

Apr 11, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Pitch your social enterprise model in a 5 minute video to empower Filipinas and win 25 000 to fund your start up

Showcasing the beauty of Mindanao

Apr 04, 2015 - 2:41 PM

Social enterprise Vesti wants Filipinos to go beyond the headlines about Mindanao and see that it has more to offer through its handcrafted textile products

EcoWEB: Helping Mindanao farmers rise from conflict

Mar 10, 2015 - 6:27 PM

How has one social enterprise helped Mindanao farmers produce more and rise above their vulnerability to conflict?

WOKING TOGETHER. Individuals from the civil society of Nunungan gather to participate and discuss the government’s poverty reduction program. Photo from the EcoWEB Facebook page

Bahay Kubo Organics: Bringing farming to the city

Feb 28, 2015 - 10:39 PM

The goal of the group is to bring aquaponics to places that need it most: places where you thought it was impossible to grow anything in

MUTUAL BENEFIT. The fish waste gives nutrients to the plants and the plants filter out the water for the fish to swim in. Photo by Dindin Reyes

Filipina social entrepreneur makes it to Forbes' list

Jan 06, 2015 - 1:20 PM

Rags2Riches co founder Reese Fernandez Ruiz is among the 30 people featured in Forbes list of social entrepreneurs under 30

Laguna coir exporters transition to social enterprise

Dec 21, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Acquired from a cash trapped exporter in 2006 Pilipinas Ecofiber Corporation strives to prove that it can reap profit while at the same time be fair with its partner cooperatives

PH social enterprise covers 2.5M poor Filipinos - study

Nov 27, 2014 - 5:24 PM

Some 2 5 million Filipinos benefited from social enterprises in the country But the figure could double if government lends a hand in promoting social enterprises

Giving back to the poor: Why social enterprises matter

Nov 26, 2014 - 8:00 AM

What are social enterprises and why should we care?

Social enterprises: Vehicles for poverty reduction and inclusive growth

Nov 24, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Social enterprises with the poor as primary stakeholders have emerged as innovative responses to social problems

Developing social enterprise: Lessons from Korea

Nov 23, 2014 - 9:20 AM

The social enterprise phenomenon in Korea evolved from a bottom up movement and a top down culture

Customers shop at a traditional food market ahead of the Chuseok holiday, or the national harvest festival, in Jangheung, some 400 km southwest of Seoul, South Korea, 14 September 2013. Yonhap/EPA

PH SMEs need more support from non-bank financial institutions

Nov 13, 2014 - 12:41 PM

Non bank financial institutions will play a crucial role in supporting SMEs in the Philippines with the looming ASEAN integration in 2015