I’ve been involved in social entrepreneurship since 2008. Starting with Gawad Kalinga, I was hired by the Ateneo John Gokongwei School of Management to handle the incubation & matching of social enterprise ideas with GK villages. During that time, social enterprises were limited to micro finance & livelihood program. I led the way when I converted a livelihood program in GK Payatas Trese into a full fledged enterprise. This community based enterprise gave way to the movement in GK of seeing the poor as your business partners, and not just your laborers. Trese operated for 7 years, giving fair wages to out-of-school youth and stay at home mothers, through a highly marketable printing & sewing operation.