This year is different.
Because GKonomics is turning five this year, we decided to pause and reflect on the journey that has been; to dig deeper and work smarter in order to inch closer to the dream of creating global Filipino brands which do not leave the poor behind. We cannot claim to have found solutions to battling poverty. We continue to work at it and even more hits and misses will ensue. But we have learned three things for certain: 1. Personal relationships count. We build friendships with the poor because almost always, poverty is rooted in the poverty of hope. Being companions to each other in the journey chisels away at debilitating psychological barriers and uplifts us all. There is no us and them. There is just all of us. 2. Goodwill abounds. Making opportunities available for others to share in this work creates a good rush, a fever to do more good and connect with many more who want the same. Doing good is infectious. Thank God, because it really does take a village. 3. Grace meets grit. We trust that God is the master of all things. We simply show up and do what we know is within our reach, and then eagerly anticipate the magnificent plans that will unfold. This is our truth, and this we see year after year. We share some takeaways that we’d never thought of “that way” – nuggets of unconventional wisdom picked up throughout our time spent on the ground. In these pages, we also introduce our GKonomics Manifesto. Our inner longings put into words. We think you may feel the same way too. It did take 4 decades for the Philippines to fall from being a great Asian nation to one of the region’s poorest, but we are emboldened by this: Living in a country so rich in natural resources and being among gifted people, no reason exists why we should fail. So we welcome you as fellow travelers into this journey we started five years ago: the journey toward becoming a nation of producers, to create prosperity for all.
Walang Iwanan, Cecille, Rose, Divine, Pinky & Marivic
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Time to dream bigger. In the beginning, our mindset was “do what we can with what we have.” Now that we’ve become a real platform - where the best in their field come to us to lend their time and talent - we see that “what we have” and “what we can do” are as big as we dare to take them.
CREATE IT. GAWAD KALINGA BENEFECIARIES
GAWAD KALINGA VILLAGES SERVED
SOCIAL PROGRESS GKONOMICS TIMELINE 1
I am a Filipino and I am now making a stand. A stand for God, my Country, my People. A stand against Poverty. The path we’re on was around long before we took it ourselves...
“GKonomics is about creating wealth at the bottom of the pyramid, with GK communities as a massive platform for social enterprise.” - Tony Meloto, GK Founder
A prosperous Philippines where no citizen is in need and no one is left behind.
Empowering social entrepreneurs to produce world-class products and services in partnership with GK communities.
MISSION & VISION 2
I WILL FIGHT the #1 Poverty of all: Poverty of
Mind & HearT
They were happy just to know they werenâ€™t forgotten. Even before seeking a job, what the unemployed in our communities wanted what we now offer - are hope, friendship, and renewed pride in who they are and what they do.
Krizia Lucero CEO & Founder BOUNDFOR
HOW GKON WORKS 3
I WILL REPLACE MY COLONIAL MENTALITY WITH A PROUDLY FILIPINO, BAYANIHAN MENTALITY.
How we cultivate Good Business 1. CHANGE MINDSETS
from charity to inclusivity, so that more good work can become sustainable and ingrained in commercial culture.
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2. SPARK SYNERGY
between forces that would not meet on their own, so the best ideas with the most social good become possible in a world where connections are capital.
3. CO-CREATE JOURNEYS
with people already doing good, so that the impact becomes greater and more sustainable.
We began our work thinking that all anyone needed was opportunity. Very quickly, we discovered a minefield of debilitating attitudes - fears built by years of rejection, which made even small obstacles seem insurmountable.
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ng youth and professionals from every industry in all parts of we hope to prove a point and spread the word - that success ed to be greedy. EVERYONE can combine their talents and with creating social good, and when we do, we create a environment to breed better leaders.
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Best for the Least: social artistry in action. GKonomics is proud to have built partnerships with the best in their respective fields to help the least among us. “Social artistry” could be seen in action with the best architects and interior designers, fashion designers, musicians and theater artists, business innovators, branding experts, lawyers, strategic planners, communicators, and business advisors, helping our partner social enterprises and communities. Supporting social enterprises: GKonomics is proud to be the facilitator for social entrepreneurs that engage GK communities. We lend them support by providing access to resources that they don’t have or couldn’t otherwise afford. Examples are helpful branding advice from leading branding strategists, legal advice and work from top lawyers, media exposure practical inputs from experts and potential clients and even funding support for training or other business development needs.
GKonomics’ Interns from around the world.
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GOD DID NOT MAKE A MISTAKE IN CREATING ME FILIPINO. I AM HONORING GOD’S PLAN FOR ME BY LOVING MY COUNTRY.
because of fears + + and lack of money for: FOOD CLOTHING TRANSPORTAT
to LOAN SHARKS TO AFFORD DAILY MEALS
GKonomics’ Filipino heritage goes deeper than lechon candles, capiz lights, and cultural performances -- Pinoy ideals of family, hospitality, and “pakikisama” (solidarity) are at the very heart of how we create change.
- OVERAGE - DISABLED - EXCONS - HOMEBOUND - UNSKILLED DEPENDENT ON THE SUCCESS OF THEIR CHILDREN
DEBT FREE! PRODUCTIVE & SKILLED
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INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS The time spent with GK changed a lot in how I perceive the future of my life and people that live near me.
I AM JOINING THE FIGHT TO END POVERTY NOT JUST IN WORDS, BUT IN ACTION.
“The priceless feeling of contributing to ‘Walang Iwanan’ values & putting those into practice.”
Jacek K Po
Aneta Zubek Poland
I will always associate it with the most affectionate, generous, heartwarming and hardworking people!
Lina Van Der Ende Germany
“It struck me how many people have to live under very different circumstances… and the appreciation of those people for my help will put a smile on my face for the rest of my entire future.” Nick Sterckx Belgium
We are glad that interest in fighting inequality has grown in the Philippines and around the world, but talk is cheap and ideas are a dime a dozen. The principle we use with our partners and advisers is “touch move” - if you think it, do it. And we will gladly do it with you.
I am thankful to GKonomics, which enable me to spend the time with friendly and hospitable Filipinos. People, who are strong enough to face poverty and still have positive view of life. I’m so proud I can be a part of so great organization! Lenka Cihackova Czech Republic
GKonomics helped me to better realize how big problem is a poverty in our society. With GKonomics I visit the poor areas in Manila and speak with people in GK villages. But although most of them do not have enough money for supporting their family, they are happy and help each other. Marketa Boscova Czech Republic
I enjoyed the Filipinos’ hospitality on one hand, and got aware of important social issues on the other. This contrast made me want to make the biggest possible contribution
Bastian Koop Holland
I have seen how beautiful things are born from the slums… the poor are great partners in business, as long as you treat them with respect.
Nicole Bacolod Philippines
“I’ve seen how each person’s unique talents can be used to achieve a common goal, and the amazing time we had together gives me hope for the country” Bianca Chang Philippines
Ina Yulo Philippines
Shiny Zeng China
Mateen Jamshed Pakistan
Alex Lombardi North Carolina
Nathan Deverre France
Divyam Upneja India
My experience with GKonomics opened my eyes to so many different possibilities for making a positive impact
Hang Phuong Tran Vietnam
“Talking to the people in the villages made me realize how important my work was to them… None of the business schools in the world could have taught me what I learned here. I grew up in the Philippines. I miss that country and its people.”
Cheryl Tan Hong Kong INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS 6
I WILL NOT STAND BY IDLY AS MILLIONS OF MY FELLOW FILIPINOS GO HUNGrY WHILE I PURSUE MY DREAMS AND BUILD MY RICHES.
Ideas abound. People talk about poverty like the solutions are simple, but weâ€™ve learned that execution is rarely straightforward.
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I WILL TAKE ON THE DREAM OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CAPACITY TO DREAM.
We’re proud to have engaged the best in their field to give the best of themselves to the poor as well. We’re equally proud of our GK residents who are pursuing further training to give back to their communities someday.
SILYA, a collection of iconic chairs contributed by five top designers and architects following three design guidelines: the use of sustainable materials; the promotion of Filipino identity; and ease of production by GK communities. The GKonomics designer series aims to bring together the country’s best in various design disciplines from interiors, industrial design, architecture, fashion, photography, branding, advertising to unleash the potential of the less fortunate and help them carry their own weight in society.
REAMS & HOOL
Jae Jae Francisco SOFA Graduate GK Baseco
Stephanie Estrella & Felix Galang
MINT College Scholars PAG Members, GK Baseco
Photo by Kenji-O
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GK COMMUNITY ENTERPRISES
I DREAM OF A PROSPEROUS, SLUM-FREE PHILIPPINES, A PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT MERELY CONSUMERS, BUT ALSO MASTERFUL PRODUCERS.
1 SUNSHINEVILLE 2 BA Weavers of the iconic Silver Bag
Charcoal Burners to Sculptors
Turning old Tarpaulins into Designer Totes
PARADISE HEIGHTS From scavengers to makers of recycled products
5 SITIO PAJO Bamboo Bike and Community Board game
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GK COMMUNITY ENTERPRISES
6 RAY OF HOPE Crocheting Female Inmates
7 STO. NINO Skillful Sewers
8 Jansenville The Eco Sewers
9 Alaska Village Skilled Stone Craftsmen
10 BASECO Makers of the Alert Uniforms COMMUNITY ENTERPRISES 10
I DREAM OF FILIPINO BRANDS THAT ARE GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED, FILIPINO BRANDS THAT DO NOT LEAVE THE POOR BEHIND. I WILL PRODUCE SUCH A BRAND. GKonomics is so proud to work with the social entrepreneurs we know. They have taken the biggest first step by engaging GK communities themselves, and we are happy to provide them support they couldn’t access on their own legal advice from top lawyers, branding tips from advertising CEOs - that’s exactly what our platform is for.
THEO & PHILO ARTISAN CHOCOLATES
It was serendipity, even though we thought European chocolates are the best, the raw materials come from countries just like ours ---
finally, this is something we can call our own!
AIMEE GLORIA INVISIBLE SISTERS
RECYCLED PLASTIC CROCHET PRODUCTS
Invisible Sisters doesnâ€™t bring people to work, we bring jobs to people who cannot work. We work around the edges, outside of traditional factories, and labor markets giving real skills to otherwise unemployable women, enabling them to manage their time and life needs.
BRYAN MCCLELLAND BAMBIKE
Bambike is a socioecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bicycles with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices. Bamboo bike eco tours currently run in Intramuros, Manila.
MABUHAY RESTOP TRAVEL CAFE MUSEUM
Mabuhay Restop Travel Cafe Museum in Rizal Park is a one-stop-shop for Philippine visitors, showcasing Philippine arts and culture for nationbuilding. Great food, unique tours, exceptional shows, beautiful art and distinctive merchandise all in a single venue. SOCIAL ENTERPRISES 11
MARIEL SAN AGUSTIN
DOMESTICITY HOME ACCESSORIES
“[I realized] I had to change the mentality of people for the better… It has given a whole new meaning to what I do every day.” Domesticity has graduated from a handicrafts company creating products for the home to a Social Enterprise that gives back to the people behind the product.
BENITEZ COLLECTION ONE OF A KIND FASHION ACCESSORIES
Unique handmade eco jewelry for the active w Handmade by women Philippines (in GK Rem Village, Victoria Tarlac Ligtasin Village, Batang Made out of recycled and non-toxic finishes. Collection is very well r the United States.
o-friendly woman. in the medios c and gas) d materials . The Benitez received in
KOTA BATU T’NALAK PRODUCTS
The sketchbooks are made by the T’boli in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato with T’nalak covers. They are 100% handmade - bound by hand using paper produced from abaca and other grasses; and woven by hand. The intricate patterns come from dreams, beliefs, myths, and religion. The fabric is used in various milestones of T’boli life: birth, marriage, and death. As there is no form of writing, so T’nalak serves as both Literature and Art.
Maitoni CuUnjieng & TINA ROMUALDEZ
MILVIDAS CROCHET PRODUCTS
Milvidas products are hand crocheted using local yarn in eye-catching and colorful combinations. Milvidas, meaning “a thousand lives”, is a label that represents a dream of making a difference. The hope is to make possible Milvidas’ mission: bridging lives, building dreams, bringing color and individual expression to everyday items, one stitch at a time. SOCIAL ENTERPRISES 12
WATCH OUT FOR OUR NEXT
ASAM is GKonomics’ upcoming brand for all products made by partner communities and entrepreneurs, in coordination with partner designers. The ASAM brand represents the aspirations of the masses. The ASAM logo is a palindrome, meaning the reverse of the character sequence captures the essence of the brand: asam-masa. The letter “A” shape (an initial for the word Asam) that provides an upward pointing graphic symbolizes the collective dream of the brand to elevate the masses into a higher plane. The “core” of the brand is the heart shape that communicates compassion, empathy, and the spiritual connotation of brotherly/ sisterly love – a common dream. The intersecting shapes of the “A” and the “heart” shape nods on the intertwine of people, talent, skills, dreams and aspirations interwoven into a common goal/ dream/shape which is the “beacon/star” shape. In biblical passages, the star guided the wise men to the right direction to salvation and divine love. In the same theme, ASAM beacon guides people. It’s a sparkle of hope, a guiding light and a directional compass that charts the path of those involved in the brand towards an inclusive economy where no one gets left behind.
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Klik Eskuela is an education-related social enterprise o way of investing in the long-term and doing something tha in the world: making quality, relevant education affordabl ly scalable business model.
How do we build Filipino global brands that do not leave society? No we can’t and we won’t. We “un-dreg” the “d
Klik Eskuela is a non-traditional, DepEd-approved educat learning in a community setting. By reducing the costs ass and content) and with the proper use of technology, Klik E accessible K-12 education for the masses.
Klik Eskuela is open to franchisees, a new breed of heroes worldwide.
GNP Stands for
Good News Philippines Global New Products Great New Potential Go Now People
GLOBAL ELECTRIC TRANSPORTATION GET
of which GKonomics is privileged to be a part. This is our at will truly break the cycle of poverty in the Philippines and le to the masses using technology and a sustainable, global-
Global Electric Transportation (GET) delivers integrated, intelligent, and sustainable transport solutions by providing communities with a complete transport ecosystem. GET provides cutting-edge electric vehicle technology, a proprietary vehicle and fare management system and an integrated media platform resulting in a comprehensive business model for practical and economically viable public and private fleet operations.
the poor behind? Can we do it working with the “dregs” of dregs.” How? Through education.
GET and GKonomics are working together because GET is raising social entrepreneurship to a higher level. Social enterprise has long been misunderstood and misinterpreted as being only compatible with small businesses. GET and GKonomics believe it is time to shed that image and showcase the world-changing nature of this business model. The formula of a successful global social enterprise combines technology (being intelligent), environment (being sustainable), and people (being inclusive).
tion model that combines home-schooling with distance sociated with traditional education (i.e, facilities, personnel Eskuela is able to offer quality, interesting, affordable, and
s, to operate the Klik Eskuelas nationwide, and eventually,
GET showcases how a business can make a difference by integrating these three powerful elements. GKonomics is helping GET with the “people” element: GET has committed 1% of total fares collected to community development projects. GET uses the GK values formation modules in their training of drivers and is committed to support GKonomics social enterprises, like ordering their driver and staff uniforms from GKonomics and giving valuable airtime for GKonomics social enterprises in their Geteevee media platform. GET and GKonomics are committed to work together to show how a Filipino-inspired and developed business model can build a nation and change the world.
GKonomics takes our stories on the road with the “GNP“ social enterprise roadshow for big and small audiences in the hopes of engaging more people in social entrepreneurship by sharing about actual working enterprises. The first GNP took place in June 2014 covering 7 US cities in 8 days (San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and New York).
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2012 THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP, I WILL MAKE THIS DREAM COME TRUE. NOT JUST ORDINARY ENTREPRENEURSHIP, BUT INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Though weâ€™ve created great value with village enterprises, we believe sustainability will only come from (1) sharper focus and (2) managers having a stake in the businesses they run hence the need for more social entrepreneurs! Here are some examples of the heroes we work with, who combine business sense with inclusive practices and an aim for social good.
W.E. Garage was set-up by Yuki Tansengco who graduated from De La Salle University. W.E. Garage creates eco- ethical, upcycled fashion clothing and accessories out of upcycled scrap cloth, bottlecaps, keyboards by working with a Gawad Kalinga community in Pandi, Bulacan. Now in Power Plant Mall in Makati, W.E. Garage hopes to expand its distribution network nationwide.
Coconelas is a footwear brand developed by a young group of entrepreneurs from Ateneo De Manila University led by Billie Dumaliang. Aside from GKonomics, they are also supported by McKinsey & Co. and the Philippine Design Center. Coconelas offers responsible fashion through stylish & comfortable footwear with sustainable Coconut Coir insoles. Handmade & cocreated by seasoned artisans & disadvantaged communities.
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rty is led by Germaine Kaw and dulio of Ateneo. They seek to new and innovative product market that will redefine the dustry. BeHearty however isn’t out an innovative product, but innovative process in creating d flour. From the ground up, ve crafted and tested their own tensive method for coming a way to supply flour for our , instead of being reliant on ed wheat. They are proud to say eir process utilizes two things ippines has in abundance: or that can be tapped with the Gawad Kalinga communities oversupply of bananas ountry. For this innovative t, they are being guided by llectual property lawyers pport GKonomics social eneurs.
BE THE NEXT GKONOMIST is a social business competition organized by GKonomics in partnership with the Inter-University Management Alliance (IMA) whose mission is to challenge and inspire young entrepreneurs to innovate and produce high quality Filipino-made products and services that (1) utilize and highlight our Philippine resources, (2) engage Gawad Kalinga communities, and (3) produce a recognizable Filipino brand.
The Nectar Lab aims to be the number one source for customizable lifestyle-based diet plans composed of delicious, all natural cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices, tailored to fit specific customer needs and preferences, delivered straight to the customer’s doorstep daily. It is also the only source of cold pressed juices that promises the exclusive use of farm-totable, equitably traded agri- products from farmers in GK communities. Some call nectar the drink of the gods. Take a sip and discover why. Each juice produced in The Nectar Lab is made of 100% raw fruits and vegetables, with no sugar or preservatives added. They have been concocted to provide maximum benefits for the body, and are loaded with phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will help rejuvenate the body, release toxins and combat disease. The Nectar Lab team is led by Katrina Gaw from Ateneo de Manila.
Ayuda will produce ready-to-eat meals optimized for use in disaster relief operations. These meals will address persistent and expensive problems in most disaster relief programs such as preparation facilities, packaging, transport, nutritional value, and cost. AYUDA is designing affordable readyto-eat meals in direct cooperation with major disaster relief organizations, in the form of a nutritious, ready-to-eat food bar, incorporating locally sourced crops and ingredients. Ayuda will also produce an energy bar for the retail market. Ayuda’s team is founded by eight change-driven individuals led by Joben Odulio.
Akaba products are produced through the practice and application of Inabel weaving, a prized heirloom handed from one Ilocano generation to the next. Through these products, the rich and creative Ilocano culture is preserved. Akaba aims to produce products that are 100% Filipino-made. It showcases the country’s most historically- recognized and lauded bayanihan trait as crafting these bags creates more opportunities for our countrymen. Akaba was set up by Ateneo de Manila graduates led by EJ Mariano, Daniel Lumain, Joseph Pajarillo, and Kristine Ongtengco.
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BRAND, STRATEG Pris Santos CSO, Publicis Manila Inc.
LIVING IN A COUNTRY SO RICH IN NATURAL RESOURCES, AND BEING AMONG GIFTED PEOPLE, NO REASON EXISTS WHY I SHOULD FAIL.
Founder, Design for Tomorrow
Vitamin B B
GY & DESIGN
CEO, Young & Rubicam
Adante Leyesa Accessory Designer
Bag Designer Co-Founder, SoFA
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I WILL BE MY BROTHER’S KEEPER. I WILL HELP THE POOR BECOME UNPOOR.
Being our brothers keeper is easier said than done, but there is no other choice. We continue to strive hard to be creative and sustain the work we do.
GKONOmics is Still struggling for sustainability but why we haven’t stopped “it gets worse and better every year, but we are here, one team, and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.”
“I aspire to be one of Gkon’s biggest cheerleaders and trum dose of the kind of unadulterated, selfless love for the we all started wanting to “do for” and discovered the po much as we helped them.
Why Social PRICING STRUCTURE: Enterprise labor + logistics 75% Products are CREATE VALUE to turn workers into so expensive, need designers to justify the higher price and what can/can’t be FIND SAVINGS to create efficiencies: never done about it? need in the labor cost (advocacy to increase standard of living) but by joining existing supply chains / delivery systems.
but this is stopped.
mpeteers. I pray God gives me even just a small e poor that I witness from my GKON sisters.” ower of “being with” – transformed us just as
What’s invisible with GKon that most SOCIAL ENTERPRISES DON’T have?
ADMIN COST -
GKon absorbs almost all admin cost, and will increase/decrease its cut depending on market tolerance Make the sale / sustain the community enterprise FIRST.
KEY SUCCESS DRIVERS Constant & respected managerial presence
Gkon absorbs almost all admin cost, and will increase/decrease its cut depending on market tolerance
Committed & reliable working residents
From seeking & aiding all unable to engaging & equipping all willing
High margin products with stable demand
Create value with high design or innovative products Target corporate supply chains / B2B contracts Start moving away from novelties & non-essentials
More entrepreneurs soft skills training / adopt a community product portfolio / design restructuring (elevation) GKONOMICS’ SUSTAINABILITY 16
TRAILBLAZ Human Nature
I WILL MAKE THE POOR A DIGNIFIED PARTNER IN MY BUSINESS.
(started by Anna & Dylan Wilk and Camille Meloto in 2009)
Human Nature produces world-class cosmetics and personal care products using on grown in the Philippines. This helps create a market for farmers in the countryside, c Centering on the core values of being Pro-Philippines, Pro-Poor and Pro-Environme grow exponentially since its inception in 2009. Human Nature employs several GK r staff and helps in the incubation and development of more social enterprises to help social impact.
(started by To
The GK Enchanted Farm is Gawad Kalingaâ€™s platfo wealth in the countryside. As we learned that the r homes is merely the beginning, we also realized that harness for every Filipino to continuously lead a life w (1) a farm village university, (2) a silicon valley fo
Having examples and fellow travelers in the same journey make the work a little bit easier and much more fun and meaningful. Musical Tour with Mitch Valdes
Our GKonomics Manifesto in the Fa
OUR VERY FIRST GKONOMIST:
“Dino, use your time, talent and treasure and take care of the less fortunate because you come from a family that’s very blessed. . . When things don’t work out, you don’t give up. You ask the Lord, ‘how may I continue?’ but you can never leave these people behind.”
(started by Dino Pineda in 2009)
nly raw materials that can be catalyzing rural development. ent, Human Nature continues to residents for full-time warehouse p them scale and create more
K Enchanted Farm & Center for Social Innovation
ony Meloto, Jun Valbuena, Frank Chiu and team in 2009)
orm to raise social entrepreneurs, help our local farmers and create road out of poverty is a continuing journey and therefore, providing our country is abundant with resources (land included) that we can with dignity. We envision the GK Enchanted farm to be three things: for social entrepreneurship, and (3) a ‘Disneyland’ for social tourism.
CJ Apparel is a garments social enterprise set up in GK Pandi, Bulacan by our very first GKonomist, Dino Pineda. Dino hails from Bulacan (among his ancestors is one of the 20 famous “Women of Malolos” who heroically fought for education during the Spanish time) and comes from an established entrepreneurial retail family. In 2009, Dino was searching for greater meaning in life and found Gawad Kalinga as a source of inspiration and passion. He used his resources and talents to set up CJ Apparel which employs some GK Pandi residents and at the same time, funds the operations of the elementary school that they built in Pandi in honor of their grandparents, Caring and Jesus Pineda. In the first few years, Dino suffered tremendous losses but they only served to strengthen his commitment to GK’s mantra of “walang iwanan” (don’t leave people behind). After 6 years, Caring Jesus School graduated its first batch of 25 students, providing high quality private education to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it.
CJ Apparel sewers
CJ School graduation at the Farm.
The best for the least at the Farm.
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I WILL END POVERTY BY CREATING WEALTH NOT JUST FOR ME AND MY FAMILY BUT ALSO FOR THE POOR BECAUSE THE POOR IS MY FAMILY.
THE GKONOMICS FAMILY 18
Tito Bong GK Sunshineville
â€œThose we love can never be more than a tho thereâ€™s a memory they live in our
GKonomics honors our pioneering GK caretakers who started GKONOMICS with u
Nanay Minda GK Freedomville
ought away... for as long as r hearts to stay.â€?
us, shared our dreams, and inspire us to keep going.
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