BPI Foundation’s Sinag Awards: Building sustainable ecosystem for social entrepreneurs

Published August 7, 2018, 11:47 AM

by Freddie Velez

Plush and Play

Are your parenting skills always put to the test when trying to feed your kids with fruits and veggies? Make it a fun experience with the help of Plush and Play’s fun vegetable plushies like Ryan Bawang, Noli de Carrot, Mais Ganda, and Okra Aunor.

Plush and Play is a social enterprise from Gawad Kalinga that makes fruit and vegetable stuffed toys named after popular local celebrities like Ann Kamatis (Anne Curtis), Buko Martin (Coco Martin), and Manny Pakwan (Manny Pacquiao).

Each soft toy is hand-stitched by women living in Gawad Kalinga communities, to give them a steady source of income to support their families and send their kids to school.

In 2015, Plush and Play received a grant from the BPI Sinag Awards to help expand the business and scale up its impact on communities. Today, Plush and Play is the first Filipino toy brand available in Toy Kingdom, one of the leading toy store chains in the Philippines.

Happy Helpers

After finishing a long day’s work and braving the Metro Manila traffic, going home to a clean and comfortable place is like savoring an oasis in the middle of a desert. Yet, with the piling tasks between work and personal engagement, where do you find the time to make your home spotless?

The answer can come from Happy Helpers, a social enterprise that offers professional cleaning services. Just a phone call away, one can avail of scheduled cleaning services at the customer’s most convenient time.

Beyond the efficient business of clearing up people’s lives, Happy Helpers has nurtured an impact that goes beyond numbers. It has taken in women living in underserved communities as helpers of the company, rebuilding their lives through a sustainable livelihood to help them achieve their goals.

In 2017, Happy Helpers was recognized as a BPI Sinag Awardee, receiving a grant to help expand business and increase its impact on the lives of the mothers they work with.
Today, Happy Helpers is the first social enterprise that offers professional cleaning services in select cities in Metro Manila, with ongoing expansion in other locations within the region.

Learn more about the programs of BPI Foundation by following its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BPIFoundatio n) or visit the official website (www.bpifoundation.org/).

About BPI Foundation

The story of empowerment is at the center of BPI Foundation’s work. Through our programs in Education, Entrepreneurship, and the Environment, we build the Filipinos’ ability to participate in a dynamic economic landscape. Where there are gaps in knowledge and a lack of access to the right opportunities, we build bridges, ensuring that no one is left out of progress, that quality of life improves, and that everyone is able to meaningfully contribute to the continued development of the country.

In order to create innovative ways of solving development challenges, we take BPI’s experience as the country’s most established financial institution and infuse it with fresh perspectives, collaboration with strategic partners, and a deep understanding of the needs of communities.

By investing in the Filipino today, we make the best happen for the country tomorrow.
Learn more at www.bpifoundation.org.