Year 1 Cohort (2020)
Informed by the key insights of our ASEAN-wide report, the Women Together for a Better Normal program was a weekly, three-month long, online summit for 40 Women Social Entrepreneurs (WSEs) to build their skills, hone their empathy and leadership, and form a community of support. This aimed to recognize the growing needs of social entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pioneer cohort of the program was comprised of these dynamic and resilient women who remained steadfast in their goals while navigating the global crisis together.
Kristel Anne Villanueva
Kristel’s SmartCT emphasizes data and citizen participation as the core elements in developing smart cities. Their business model involves communities, experts, corporations and governments working together to leverage data in providing tailor-fitted, people-centered smart city solutions.
Erees Queen Macabebe
Solar Solutions, Inc.
Reese dedicates her energy into understanding solar power, both as an educator and as a social entrepreneur. She holds a PhD in Physics specializing in photovoltaic cells and solar cell characterization. With Solar Solutions Inc, she develops solar energy projects that help the environment and produce highly positive social impacts.
Ma. Himaya Tamayo
Maya and her team at Angat Bayi believe in empowered women empowering other women for nation-building. Angat Bayi’s fellowship takes elected women leaders on mentorship with seasoned political leaders and academics who believe in feminist transformative leadership; rights-based, inclusive, democratic and good governance; and the value of active citizenship.
St. Francis Multipurpose Cooperative
Liza uplifts the socio-economic status of her community in Malolos, Bulacan through the St. Francis Multipurpose Cooperative. The Cooperative offers a diverse list of programs including loans, health benefits, community development projects, and event venues. Since 1982, the group’s membership has grown to 3000. Along with it, Lorenza has also stepped up from bookkeeper to General Manager.
Sheila Mae Naghisa Fuentes
Sheila is an advocate of slow, ethical and circular fashion; saving the planet one outfit at a time. Through an online marketplace, consumers can shop for eco-friendly and ethically-manufactured goods including clothes, bags, and shoes, as well as pre-loved items.
Geraldine Anne Therese Arboleda
As a serial entrepreneur, Ginger has personally experienced how unnecessarily complicated and mundanely taxing manual taxes can be; thus the birth of Taxumo. Taxumo’s software automates tax computation, filing, and payment, allowing its user base of small businesses and professionals to focus on more important decisions.
Christine is reviving the art of pre-colonial handcrafted gold filigree jewelry in the Philippines. After seeing Filipino artisans take on blue-collar jobs overseas due to lack of interest in their craft, Christine and friend Danielle Tan set-up Amami to bolster Filipino cultural pride and empower local artisans. Amami employed 15 partner artisans within one year after its official launch.
Norhanida provides mental health and psychosocial support for Muslim Filipinos. She channeled trauma from the Marawi Siege to establish Team Aqilah, a mental health hub in Mindanao State University. She also opened The Cup of Hope Coffee, a café whose entire net profit funds mental health advocacy.
Kythe Foundation Inc.
Angie creates safe spaces for hospitalized children with cancer and other chronic illnesses. The Kythe Child Life Program Angie manages addresses children’s fears by promoting a culture of care that allows them to learn play and grow. Since 1992, Kythe has provided psychosocial support to over 17,000 children and their families.
Zahra Halabisaz Zanjani
Zahra envisions a Philippines where everyone has a place to call home. She co-founded Cubo,a construction company that offers affordable, sustainable, and dignified housing for low-income workers. Cubo's modular units are made of engineered bamboo and can be built in hours
Mary Adelyn Tecson
Plastic Bank Philippines
Dhang is keeping plastic waste off the oceans by transforming it into an economic tool with Plastic Bank Philippines. Plastic Bank is compensating plastic collectors, building ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities, and reintroducing collected plastic into the global manufacturing supply chain. A self-proclaimed mermaid, Dhang is also the co-founder of a social enterprise that produces naturally-processed and wild-caught sustainable seafood products.
Gina Lynn Valdez
Numbers that Matter
Gina supports Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with their accounting and human resources needs. Her work with fellow remote consultants at Numbers That Matter provides social enterprises with tailor-fitted solutions to simultaneously grow the business and scale social impact.
Mich incorporates Filipino textile and craftsmanship in each hat she creates. Her Weave Good label stands on core values of socio-economic empowerment for underserved communities, cultural preservation, and ethical and sustainable use of ethnic raw materials. Mich’s hats, worn by an international clientele, are an extension of herself as an artist and a Filipino.
Josephine Gumino - Ocol
Agrabah Ventures Inc.
Josephine connects farmers and fishers to consumers and enterprises through the Agrabah online platform. Products are directly sourced from more than 5,000 farmers and fisherfolks across the Philippines. Agrabah helps companies build stable agricultural supply while helping farmers and fishers get access to a stable market channel and transact at fair prices.
Kamille is making full use of her Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering background to transform agricultural waste into paper packaging. Fresh out of university, Kamille founded Ethnicoco, an enterprise looking to turn devalued coconut wastes into marketable products produced by indigenous communities.
Maria Korina Bertulfo
Filipina Homebased Moms
MK is helping mothers work from home, allowing them to bond with their children while earning steady income. Her Filipina Homebased Moms group enables mothers to seek freelance online work, create networks, consult with experts, and join conversations on parenting.
Maranao Collectible Service Cooperative
Salika uplifts the lives of fellow Internally Displaced People (IDPs) through weaving. The Maranao Collectible Service Cooperative she co-founded creates heirloom Iangkit pieces to both preserve cultural tradition and provide livelihood. Born in an evacuation center in 2017, the Cooperative now employs 60 fellow evacuees as artisans.
Maan is cleaning homes and transforming lives with Happy Helpers, an enterprise that trains mothers from underprivileged communities to be professional house helpers. Happy Helpers provides quality cleaning and housekeeping services to small homes and condominium owners.
Veronica Mae Baguio
Veronica is on a mission to spread love for Filipino weaves and batik fabric. Her Balik Batik enterprise fuses traditional and modern, producing handwoven everyday items like wallets and cardigans using local fabric and weaving techniques.
Noreen Marian Bautista
Noreen sees innovation as the driver of sustainable growth. She works with SlashIgnite to harness multidisciplinary talent to solve social challenges. SlashIgnite acts as a social enterprise catalyst that incubates businesses, and provides mentorship and consultation opportunities for Filipino innovators.
Krishia Paulin Ellis
Refill on the Road (Salin Philippines)
Krishia has 7 years of experience in building and creating user-centered products, services, processes and organizations. She embarked on tackling the issue of the plastic waste, specifically the reduction of people's consumption and dependency.
As founder of marine conservation social enterprise Pure Oceans, Pia is committed to finding solutions to one of the toughest real-world problems in the Philippines: ocean plastic waste. She works hard to tap the national government and push for policy reforms that focus on waste management and the protection of the Philippine oceans.
Carmen is a staunch advocate of persons with disabilities. Her track record in the field of disability started way back in 1987. As the founding president of Women With disabilities Leap to Social and Economic Progress (WOW Leap Inc.) she managed the development of the organization through income generating projects, developing training modules for advocacy, leadership and program development.
Raja Aishah Bin Raja AbdulRashid
Aishah is the Head of Branded Content Development at PumaPublic Productions. She has also worked as Director of Sales and Fundraising. Prior to joining PumaPublic Production, she worked for a non-profit organization called Smarter Good, Inc.
Coffee for Peace
Joji is the CEO of Coffee For Peace, Inc. (CFP) and the Ina at PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI). The partnership between CFP and PBCI in advocating Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) principles and practices has garnered her an award from the President of the Philippines as one of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs in 2017.
Seges Co-Farming Philippines,Inc.
Nelben is an experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Seges Co-Farming Philippines transforms the livelihood and supply chain of rural communities to become livable and sustainable. Within 5 years, a community of farmers in Davao del Norte was able to triple their income through the help of Nelben and her team.
Kimberly Joy Ilagan
Kimberly is a professional with more than seven (7) years of volunteer experience in community organizing, capacity-building and project implementation, and six (6) years of extensive experience in project management, proposal development and report writing in an international research organization. She is also passionate in creating eco-friendly products for many people while uplifting the lives of the local artisans in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.
auline is a BS Accountancy graduate of University of Santo Tomas and is a certified public accountant. Believing in the mission of ATBP, she joined the team in October 2018 and has continued to build her expertise in accounting and taxation through numerous seminars and training.
Faw has been focused on promoting Muslim culture, advocating love for the Philippines and its traditions, and empowering women to be independent. She started her entrepreneurial journey in her mid-30s. Last year, her enterprise was named one of the top 10 awardees of the BPI Sinag Accelerate Program.
Virginia Marinel Salazar
Inah is committed to promoting the value of education through providing enriching activities and quality learning materials. She continuously engages and develops projects that inspire young minds as in the case of Love Education Philippines where she is the Co-founder and CEO.
Green Releaf Initiative
Sarah is a regenerative solutions designer weaving advocacy, non-profit management, and consultancy experiences in environmental education, cultural heritage, peacebuilding, and humanitarian assistance for the last 20 years. After responding to conflict and natural disasters in the Philippines, she was inspired to form Green Releaf Initiative to support community leaders in regenerative solutions after emergencies.
Ray Alyannah Ysabel Lagasca
Youth for Mental Health Coalition
Alyannah is a youth leader with 10 years of experience in civic engagement and was the recipient of 2019 ASEAN Youth Awards. She is slated to be the upcoming chairperson of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, an organization that was integral in crafting and lobbying what is now the Mental Health Law or RA11036.
ANTHILL Fabric Gallery
Anya is the Princess Ant/ Co Founder and Managing Director of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery. Anya’s strong passion in addressing cultural degradation and creating sustainable livelihood for weaving communities has led her to building a recognized, multi-awarded brand of sustainable textile products.
Mary Sceree Lynn Herrera
Scherz Indigenous Creations
Scheree is the founder of SCHERZ Indigenous Creations, a social enterprise training indigenous young people as well as grassroots women and micro entrepreneurs for disaster preparedness. Previously, Scheree’s work has focused on child protection, gender mainstreaming,gender-based violence, adolescent development, policy advocacy, reproductive health, and population and development.
Eva is the Chief Operating Officer of AccessiWheels, a social enterprise working on providing transportation to get people with mobility problems to where they want to be. Within just a year, Accessiwheels has operated in 18 cities and has worked with the Pasig City government to adapt their operations for residents and frontliners during the series of lockdowns.
Maria Illurosa Lim
Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation
Rosal is the Business Development Director of Rurungan sa Tubod, an organization creating alternative livelihood for women in poverty-stricken areas in Palawan. Simultaneously, Rosal manages other business endeavors such as Rurugan Sunday Market, Kalakal Crafts, and Kusina ni Tito Ernie.
Rosa is a licensed nurse who has been awarded for her work in mental institutions. She has been working online for 8+ years and has been building communities for over 5 years. She is also the co-founder of Virtualahan, a pioneering tech social enterprise, providing equal employment opportunities to the most excluded populations in society.
Inna Dominique Villa
AHA! Behavioral Design
Inna is a Business Account Manager at AHA! Behavioral Design where she spearheads the growth of the organization and builds a strong, long-lasting relationship with clients. AHA! utilizes science-based, high-impact, scalable, and cost-optimal methods to nudge people towards a particular behavior.
The Center For Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS)
Larissa is the Development Coordinator of CANVAS, an organization that advocates for art as a vehicle for children to love reading among children. To date, CANVAS has shared 300,000 books to poor communities across the Philippines, from Batanes to Zamboanga.
Wryneth Gay Mayapit
INDI and Sumika Collectives
Wryneth, a social anthropology graduate from Sagada, is passionate in working with the youth of the rural Cordilleras. She was born into a culturally-grounded Kankanaey family, and has been engaged in community work for the Indigenous People for a long time.