There’s nothing quite like women supporting other women. These social enterprises were established by women precisely to educate, empower, and motivate women. A social enterprise is any organization that uses its profit for social impact, whether that’s investing in a community or creating a sustainable livelihood. Thomson Reuters Foundation survey ranked the Philippines as the best country where women could become social entrepreneurs.
Girls Got Game is a camp geared towards empowering women through sports.
It is run by female athletes who hope to impart the important values of teamwork, discipline, hard work, confidence, and grit to young Filipinas. They are also given training—both mental and emotional—by some inspiring female role models. They share personal stories and experiences in sports.
Things That Matter is “a joyful marketplace that creates positive impact and inspires an intentional lifestyle.”
The e-commerce site under founding company and flagship brand Rags2Riches is not just a shop, it’s also a community of advocates. These advocates in turn help the artisans who create the products you see on the website. The result is a support group that is thoughtful, intentional, and sustainable.
The goal of She Talks Asia is to spark conversations about the role of women and female-identifying individuals in the world today.
They do this through conferences and multimedia content. An all-female team of Sarah Meier, Lynn Pinugu, Victoria Herrera, and Iza Calzado curate conferences and talks that focus on empowerment. Every year, they target a specific advocacy and create their annual summit around it. They put together key people to speak about topics, engage participants in discussions, and continue to educate through their online platforms.
Isabel Sieh was only 10 years old when she started Girls Will Code, a community that teaches girls to explore coding, programming, robotics, and engineering.
The goal is to close the gender gap in tech in the Philippines by encouraging young women to get into coding. It’s pretty much a DIY kind of club, where you can form your own and pick out activities from the website’s resource hub.
Miss Teen Earth Philippines titlist and young entrepreneur Aya Fernandez turned her school science project into a social enterprise.
Project Lily PH produces eco-uling, environment-friendly charcoal made of water hyacinth, agri-forest wastes, and coconut husks. She leads a team of person with disabilities and women in her community, proving that beauty queens are so much more than just a crown.
These are just a few of those companies that are advocating change and empowering women in the Philippines. May they serve as an inspiration for you to become a game-changing entrepreneur. Read more inspiring stories on women empowerment, and learn about opportunities for young females in senior high school and college!