What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)
Access to talent, Access to supply chains, Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
1/3 of our total work force in our Main Headquarters are residents of Gawad Kalinga communities. These are former informal settlers whose common jobs are contractual labor or scavenging. They receive wages well above the minimum provided by Philippine laws. More importantly, they receive mentorship from management and opportunities for promotion through the new skills and confidence they acquire.
We're working with 10 different farming communities in various stages of plantation and oil production. We're providing secure markets and assistance to Citronella oil producers in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Bukidnon, Lemongrass oil producers in Negros Occidental and Virgin Coconut Oil producers in Iloilo. We're initiating new crop developments such as Sunflower oil and Passion Fruit oil in Davao and Bulacan. We've identified expansion with Agrarian Reform beneficiaries in Bulcan and Indigenous Tribes in Bukidnon.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Our goal is to increase the number of partner farming communities every year with the intention of forming a specific essential oil industry per province or geographical area.
For existing farms with oil production, our objective is to improve their operations by lessening inefficiencies (appropriate technology), increasing capacity (upgrade of equipment and expansion of facilities), and train them manage their cooperative's cash flows better.
For communities undergoing test plantation and production, we aim for them to undergo full production in 18 months. The company provides research and business plans while training community leaders to manage operational targets. At the same time, Gawad Kalinga provides assistance in preparing the whole community through values formation.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
1.) Monitoring needs of each farming community. Aside from Gawad Kalinga, we partner with other NGOs to provide the monitoring and the unique mentoring needs of each community.
2.) High costs of community development and supply chain integration. The company understands there are no shortcuts in teaching communities how to do business. There is a natural learning curve for poor communities to transition from the labor mindset to an empower entreprenuer. Our investment in community organizing staff will manage expectations and timelines for this transition.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify the best yielding crop variety and ideal farming practices for Sunflower to achieve optimum essential oil production.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Continuous Production of Sunflower Oil in GK Davao starting with the allotted 8 hectares