Social development with a smile — Hapinoy

Below is a highlight from an article on Hapinoy, a social enterprise with a difference, which makes a difference every day, in many profound ways…

Social development with a smile


Whether it be around the corner (or around every corner), in a barrio that time forgot, or atop a mountain, the sari-sari store has come to symbolize micro-enterprises in the service of the consuming public. Customers not only avail of goods and services (such as cell phone loads) from the sari-sari store, they also use the premises, or the benches in front of it, as a gathering place to trade gossip or small talk. The store owner thus becomes the community’s source of information on everybody else’s whereabouts and doings. And for families in a crisis or temporary slump, the credit line (“lista”) extended by the store owner becomes a crucial means of survival.

There are about 800,000 such small retail outlets

or neighborhood stores around the country, making up 30-40 percent of total retail sales in the Philippines. And most—perhaps even all—of them are owned, managed and supervised by women.

Which is why the “Hapinoy” is most probably a woman. “Hapinoy,” coined from a combination of the words “happy” and “Pinoy” is a program and social enterprise that focuses on sari-sari stores and endeavors to tap into the entrepreneurial power and potential for social change inherent in these neighborhood outlets.

About rictandag @rictandag @LVHelpGro Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Republic of the Philippines 1979-1980; Financial Management training Program [FMP], G.E., Appliance Park, Louisville, Kentucky 1981-1982 Champion [two days] Jeopardy 1986 Attorney, Los Angeles, CA 1989-1995 Disabiility Rights Attorney,, Las Vegas 1998-1999 Immigration Asylum Attorney, throughout the State of Kansas 1999-2001 Supply Logistics Specialist, UPS Las Vegas, 2006- present [business] advocate for: [Gawad Kalinga, tagalog for "to give care"]
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