What is your passion?
“Coffee!” Chit Juan exclaimed. She eats, drinks, breathes, and thinks coffee. This fixation, whether raw, ground, roasted or powdered, has taken Chit to many places, meeting and bonding with other women of the same like.
However, at a recent women’s convention held in China, Jeannie Javelosa and Reena Francisco, partners of Chit at the green retailer ECHO Store, saw other products that women owners and entrepreneurs can spearhead or excel in. It strengthened the trio’s resolve to tap more women in the Philippines to be the new kid(s) on the block through their Great Women Brand (GWB), a specialized product label under the umbrella of the ECHOsi Fondation.
The Philippine Commission on Women-GREAT Women Project and the ECHOsi Foundation (Enabling Communities with Hope and Opportunities Sustainable Initiatives), the development arm of green retailer ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle are partners on a social enterprise approach to grow sustainable women-led livelihoods and economically empower women.
BULA, Camarines Sur — The town’s bamboo industry has received a major boost with the inauguration last February 13 at Barangay Pawili, here of the Common Service Facility (CSF), worth around P4.5 million pesos.
The Philippine Commission on Women-GREAT Women Project and the ECHOsi Foundation jointly introduced the Great Women Brand and its product line to national media. The Great Women Brand Media Launch, held last February 21 at Milky Way Café in Makati City, presented the Brand which is a distinct line of upscaled food products, lifestyle goods and homeopathic care products manufactured by women microentrepreneurs throughout the country.
In support of P-Noy’s campaign for “tuwid na daan” (straight path), the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has adopted the theme “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan” for this year’s Women’s Month Celebration to recognize women’s contributions to and active involvement in bringing about transparent, accountable and effective governance.
P-Noy’s regard for women's leadership ability is apparent in his appointments of at least 71 women in top government posts, the most number of women ever appointed by a President in one term.
For 2013, I have resolved to focus on joy, creativity and abundance. My Pollyanna-esque quest has meant ignoring news like the Bacolod bishop labeling pro-Reproductive Health senatorial candidates as “Team Patay.” It hasn't stopped me from feeling sad and disappointed that men of God continue to engage in name-calling and behavior that treats the Catholic faithful as mindless beings incapable of discernment and the exercise of free will.
OVER the last four years, we have been tasting different food items from various provinces and small towns. I have become quite an expert in determining sugar levels for salabat (ginger brew) powder mixes, as Reena has become a cacao or tablea expert having tried cacao (in raw, ground and other forms) from many provinces and towns.
QUEZON CITY, Feb 22 (PIA) -- A public-private partnership has been forged to upscale Filipino women’s business skills and market niche through a women-led venture called the GREAT Women Brand (GWB) Project.
The Philippine Commission on Women, ECHOsi Foundation (under ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle), and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) synergized energies to run the GWB project to promote and improve the locally-produced food and non-food products of the small-time Filipina businesswomen.
Over 2, 000 Akeanon women, men, boys and girls rose in solidarity to “Ending Violence Against Women and Children” in Aklan last 14 February, 2013.