100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: EntrePinoy – Social Entrepreneurs
Business ventures nowadays are born not only for profit and passion but also to benefit various humanitarian and environmental causes. Here two social enterprises which aim to better Filipinos through their business ventures in the UAE.
Its vision is not only to help OFWs access a unique investment opportunity and inspire entrepreneurship but also to bring change to impoverished communities. Since November 2016, EntrePINOY, the marketing arm and sole product distributor in Dubai, has been distributing – Bios Dynamis the breakthrough certified organic rice of the “Adopt A Farm” program.
“To ensure a sustainable end to end solution, EntrePinoy FZE endeavours to import these products and introduce it in the Middle East market, thereby helping our local farmers,” says EntrePINOY Chairman Sheryll Bacay Agbing. “With this, we want to find a solution to a problem and become change agents. We want to help find ways to provide opportunities for people to live well, see opportunities and create potentials.”
Sheryll, together with partners Jessie Quintilla, Gertie Quebral, Hyden Restificar, and Chito Hernandez, have created EntrePINOY as a business for a social purpose as its primary driver.
“We would like to build a unique business model that will help transform a community and make a difference in the lives of Filipinos,” says Jessie Quintilla. “Regarding profit, we recognise the absolute necessity of profits to sustain the cause as well as the equally high necessity of having a purpose beyond profit or wealth. At Entrepinoy, we combine technology, community, and commercial strategies to maximise social well-being.”
At present, EntrePINOY is preparing to launch its second project which will help revive the lost glory of ‘kapeng barako’ and will support local farmers in sustaining the famous coffee product.
Photography by: Alex Callueng
Illustrado 100 was made possible by sponsors: Giordano, Liali Jewellery, Mitsubishi UAE- Al Habtoor Motors, Michael Cinco Couture, Mapúa Institute of Technology, Centro – Amwaj Rotana Hotel , Max’s Restaurant Middle East and GVER – Your Friendly MarketPlace for Sharing
Co-Sponsors: Herschel Supply Co., Rove Hotels, The Medical City – Dubai , Filipino Institute UAE, MPQ Tourism, JAMES Travel and Tours Dubai, Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant, The Original Barrio Fiesta Restaurant – Dubai and Tapa King UAE.
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