Jacinto & Lirio, background “note” …by Rick Passo on Wednesday, May 25, 2011





The water hyacinth (commonly called water lily) is the most damaging aquatic plant worldwide because of its capability to reproduce at an extraordinary rate. 

What are we doing about it?

With the recognition of the problem, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry has encouraged the transformation of water hyacinth to commercial value. In various places in the Phillippines, the water hyacinth stalks already have a history of handicraft production where they are woven into placemats and bags and more. 


Like the people in these communities, Jacinto&Lirio knows that there is more to the water hyacinth than meets the eye. In finding ways to utilize this invasive plant, we believe that we do not only give life back to a deadened environment but we also give a livelihood to affected communities 


Jacinto  & Lirio and Social Entrepreneurship



Social Entrepreneurship


We are actively working with the Community Supplier Development (CSD) Model of our own company, EcoIngenuity Inc. Through this model, we seek to collaborate with partner community suppliers for the indigenous materials and strengthen their sense of entrepreneurship.  By being partners in the production process, our community suppliers join us in creating eco-fashion innovations, unique to the Filipino identity

This is the heart of Jacinto & Lirio 

Jacinto & Lirio is also partnering with the Cora Cares Foundation, which is committed to providing sustainable livelihood for women through quality bag-makinin marginalized communities.  We are also  a partner enterprise under the Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation – a social enterprise movement in the Philippines committed to raise an army of social enterprises that create wealth and sustainability for the country.

Jacinto &  Lirio Partners 

Our efforts are graciously supported by the following institutions whom we consider true partners in our mission to build an eco-ethical fashion brand that provides development for society

Philippine Business for Social Progress 

Ever since Jacinto&Lirio bagged the Grand Award in the 2009 Business in Development (BiD) Challenge,sponsored by BiDNetwork and the Philippine Business for Social Progress, we have been benefiting generously from their support through their investment forums, business advisory program and community development work.


Department of Trade and Industry Philippines 

DTI has helped us tap the network of community suppliers of indigenous materials and technologies that can help in its development. We especially acknowledge the support we receive from DTI Laguna, NCR, Pampanga and Negros Occidental.


Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation 

Gawad Kalinga has inspired a movement of nation-building in the Philippines and is continuing its vision of eradicating poverty through social entrepreneurship. The GK Center for Social Innovation has opened a wide network of fellow social entrepreneurs that give inspiration to Jacinto&Lirio for us to pursue our mission and elevate a global Filipino brand while giving wealth to the country. We are looking forward to partnering with GK communities as they join our synergy of eco-ethical fashion





Jacinto & Lirio: Bags Made From Water Hyacinth Leather

This is what intrigued me and others about Jacinto & Lirio and about you, Noreen Marian Bautista: "We had the privilege to market our brand to Europe and had order requests for hundreds." When you think "logistics" think "working capital" and internet portals to expand your business internationally….J&L  already have proved the untapped demand

here is a "little" background on J&L which I found from publicly available resources:





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J&L is a Filipino social enterprise that showcases a local innovation utilizing the invasive water hyacinth plant and transforming it into a leather-like material. The material is used to make stylish bags, accessories and even furniture upholstery. Through collaborations with the material’s innovators, Filipino designers, government and local communities, we aim to form a dynamic synergy that provides livelihood, aids the environment, and innovates products to make a Philippine mark in the global market.

Stage: Business start-up

Investment Size:

US$ 15,000 – 50,000




Manufacturing – textiles & fashion


Advice – logistics, distribution

, Network – buyers, customers

, Network – export opportunities


Advice – logistics, distribution

, Network – buyers, customers

, Network – export opportunities

Development Impact:

Work and income


BiD Challenge





EcoIngenuity Inc.

Business – Homework | Rictandag's Blog


Jan 28, 2011 … Their project, Jacinto & Lirio Fashion Bags made from water … BiD Challenge

Philippines is an annual competition hosted by the BiD Network …

rictandag.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/business-homework/ – Cached – Similar

Jacinto & Lirio: An award-winning enterprise | Features …

Dec 20, 2010 … But for the owners of Jacinto & Lirio, a company that sells … the local leg of

the BiD Challenge, a business plan contest run by the BiD …




What is the urgent social or environmental need you’re addressing?

Microenterprises and handicraft livelihoods are a major source of income for many communities in Asia, especially the Philippines. Many of them utilize indigenous materials for woven products, furniture, etc.

But our encounters with the communities revealed to us the many constraints they face in making their livelihoods sustainable. A number of them were government funded so when one term ends, budget and priority tend to halt as well. Other limitations are seasonality in orders, inadequate production capacity and lack of innovation.

There is a need to ensure the sustainability of these community livelihoods, since a majority belong to the poverty-stricken bracket. They do not maximize the potential of their indigenous materials to channel wealth for their community development.

What is your solution to this need? Describe your business strategy.

We strengthen their enterprises’ sustainability by creating market-driven products needing their production capacity. But instead of simply being the market link developing generic products, we’re capitalizing on material innovations to bring higher value.

The idea is to create a global brand that engages the market and links the communities in a supply chain synergy. In this way, their enterprises are supported by a sustainable system which will generate wealth for their community.

Our first brand is Jacinto&Lirio (means "Hyacinth and Lily') and we utilized the water hyacinth, an invasive plant pest, that was innovated to have a leather-like look. We engaged the market since 2009 and now production capacity is being developed with the communities in order to meet demand.

Convince us it will work. What milestones have you achieved?

We have been selling our Jacinto&Lirio bags to the high-end segment since the fourth quarter of 2009. In less than a year, more than a hundred bags were sold in Manila alone. We had the privilege to market our brand to Europe and had order requests for hundreds.

If we scale up, we can achieve our socio-economic impact for the communities. Our products can demand around 20,000 indigenous sheets per year, translating to $87,000 annual additional income.For the end-product production, they can earn $400,000 a year, which is significant since most of them live below Philippine minimum wage which is only $7/day.

The water hyacinth plant is also a fast growing weed, hence the livelihoods contribute to the environmental sustainability.

Describe yourself in 140 characters

I'm a Filipino business graduate with a deep passion for social entrepreneurship, youth leadership, innovation and people development.

Describe your relevant experience (especially entrepreneurial).

I grew up immersed in nation-building initiatives, which ingrained in me a passion for poverty alleviation. I hold a business degree and a minor in enterprise development and I'm fueled by the pursuit to marry entrepreneurship with social change.

My work with youth leadership development, non-profits, and exposure to social businesses gave me a bigger perspective on building a social enterprise. I am also actively engaged in the social entrepreneurship movement of the Center for Social Innovation of Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines. We're building an ecosystem for social enterprises to thrive in while being mentored by top businessmen in the country.

Currently, I also represent our company as an Associate to UnitedSucces, the largest global network of women business owners.

Why is your team uniquely qualified to run this venture?

We're a group of diverse individuals, each one bringing unique skills to the table. The interests range from fashion, information technology, design, marketing, social innovation, science, and community development.

They say it is diversity that brings out the best innovation and creativity in any endeavor. Although we're all young, we share a passion in seeing our company grow and make an impact in society. But that passion is coupled also with discipline. We give importance to systematic and effective work — skills we gained from experiences working with other institutions and businesses.

All these combined make an amazing synergy of talent that can accelerate this enterprise to where it can go, and ensure its impact in society is maximized.



About Us

Committed to poverty reduction, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is the largest corporate-led social development foundation in the Philippines.  PBSP is the first of its kind in Asia leading the promotion and practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR).


More than 260 large, medium-scale and small businesses comprise PBSP.  Together, PBSP members help the poor rise above poverty and become self-reliant.


PBSP operates nationwide, with programs in Education, Health, Sustainable Livelihood, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, and the Environment implemented with partners and communities as empowered players in development.


Since its founding in 1970, PBSP has benefited 4.5 million Filipinos and assisted over 6,200 social development projects through more than PHP 7 billion in grants and development loans.


Leading the way in the practice of corporate citizenship, PBSP has been influencing companies to integrate CSR into their core businesses, and advocating the application of business solutions to poverty.




Our Vision


To lead the business sector’s efforts to reduce poverty in the Philippines.




Our Mission


PBSP is committed to poverty reduction by promoting business sector leadership in, and commitment to programs that lead to self-reliance.



Our Goals


– Creation of livelihood opportunities

– Creation of small enterprises and jobs

– Provision of basic services such as education and health

– Increase in number of members and their involvement in PBSP’s poverty reduction programs

– Building of capacities of partners

– Building of partnerships and alliances

– Increased corporate contribution to poverty reduction




Our Programs


Reduce poverty incidence by half in selected rural and urban communities through sustainable livelihood opportunities.


Contribute to poverty reduction by providing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) access to financing and business development services.  These will enable businesses to grow, generate jobs, and provide income opportunities for men and women.


Keep more children and youth in school and provide them quality education.   Improve the overall academic performance of beneficiary public schools and provide access to information technology.


Improve health conditions and promote healthy lifestyle in the workplace.  Provide access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged and underserved communities.



Conserve and protect the environment and promote biodiversity. Capacitate communities for disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation.  


Rebuild communities affected by disasters.  Focus on rehabilitating livelihood activities.  Seize opportunities for reconstruction toward better lives for the poor.



Visit our official website at http://<SPAN>www.pbsp.org.ph</SPAN>.


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Below is just some of the information which I shared with Ronny today.  … and UPS has large operations in the Philippines and its longtime partner, DelBros is a strong supporter of PBSP, which you know well.


UPS Las Vegas has a large "sister" operation in Clarke which employs about 500 people and Ronny and I interact with them daily.


Read more about UPS Capital.   


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UPS Capital makes international supply chains work for businesses like yours. From loans secured by foreign-based inventory, to risk reduction and fast …

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UPS shared this on Twitter – May 19, 2011

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