Philippines | In action since 2013
Go Organic Live Dynamic (GOLD)
To promote healthy living through their region and job growth among indigenous people—many of whom have lacked opportunities for extensive formal education—our Enactus Philippines team created GOLD to develop and sell soap, tea and other environmentally friendly products. Our team members assessed local needs and collaborated with A & G Allura, an existing business, to enhance an existing brand of soap and expand on its production. They also partnered with indigenous people, providing training in product development, sales, packaging, marketing and other areas related to establishing a cooperative business.
Impact(s): 2 businesses launched; 2 jobs created; 1 organic brand developed ; 1 cooperative established
What’s next: Registering partners and community partners with the national Department of Trade and Industry; penetrating the national market
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Clennil P. Sustraido, LPT, Executive Advisor; Adelin G. Mendoza, co-advisor
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
Seeing the appreciation from our partner communities.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
In this past year, our team [was on] the edge of shutting down due to insufficient student volunteers and conflict inside the organization. But, as an Enactus team we saw this as an opportunity to reorganize and open doors for more committed individuals who want to take part in changing the world to make it a better place.
Team described in one word:
Three years ago, Roseil saw an enrollment notice for Enactus on a university bulletin board. She signed her name there and joined our Enactus Philippines team in hopes of becoming an effective volunteer. Now as team leader, she says her greatest challenge involves working around a lack of volunteers. “I didn’t lose hope,” she says. “Instead, I tried to think of other possible ways [of] solving this problem, like encouraging my schoolmates and classmates to get involved in the Enactus program.” Roseil is pursuing a Bachelor of Secondary Education in English degree and plans to graduate in March 2018.
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James says he was ‘very timid” when a former classmate and team leader invited him to join our Enactus Philippines team in 2014 — its second year on campus. “I had trouble facing our community partners,” he says. “[But] as this role puts tremendous pressure on me, I have given my best shot to turn myself into a more competent individual.” The team has struggled with manpower and other issues, but James says their work has been “exhaustive but productive.” He plans to graduate in March 2018 with a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Mathematics degree.
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