Farm Village University
Raised an army of change makers from champions of social business, disruptors for shared prosperity, & wealth creators from the rural poor
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GK Enchanted Farm
Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
California St. Brgy. Encanto, Angat, Bulacan
Location(s) of impact
Philippines : Bulacan
Antonio Meloto Jr. Founder of Gawad Kalinga and GK Enchanted Farm during the graduation rites of SEED Philippines
Bamboo Palace inside the GK Enchanted Farm. This facility is one of the many infrastructures now built inside a once a wasteland. This is a place of gathering where community, students, interns and visitors meet and do workshops.
Volunteers from all over the world come to the farm to share their time, skills and most importantly their heart to give the best to the least.
We need more and more young agriculturists to better love our land and these are some examples of the youth from the poorest of the poor communities in Bulacan and other provinces in the Philippines who are part of the army of changemakers.
Basketball court inside the farm community
Arch angel hall where assemblies and events are done. This can also be found inside the farm.
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
The concept of Farm Village University aims to address poverty as behavioral problem and not as only economic problem through social education, social tourism and social entrepreneurship. The FVU targets poverty alleviation as behavioral problem because the usual attitude of the poor is sometimes they are already hopeless to change their lifestyle; wherein they accepted the way they live already. Th
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
Social education is the university or learning aspect of the FVU to train more social entrepreneurs. On one hand, the social tourism will provide the market for startup social enterprises. Lastly, the social entrepreneurship can utilize the unproductive land as source of opportunities and raw materials. These three elements of FVU are back with Filipino value of "Bayanihan". This value is about solidarity, wherein it makes the organization culture more conducive for budding social entrepreneurs to have a good support in terms of knowledge and skills. This would enable the poor youth to develop their social entrepreneurial skills through experience and mentoring. With this value, the people from the bottom of the pyramid could uplift their spirits to dream bigger for their lives, families, community and country. This would show that they are not alone in achieving their dreams to have a comfortable life in the future. We also call this the bottom-up approach in poverty alleviation.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
The main social impact of the FVU is about the ability of the poor youth to become a social entrepreneurs. The common path of the youth is usually to not go in college and to start working to provide financial support towards their family. With the help of the FVU, these bright and smart youth could get a scholarship to learn social entrepreneurship and own their social enterprises after their training in 3-4 years in FVU. The ecosystem, infrastructure and other resources within the FVU allows them to start and scale up their social enterprises with less risk and higher chance of success due on the strong organizational value we practice.
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
5% Donations or Gifts
60% Corporate contributions
10% Earned Income
10% Social Entrepreneurs
This is the current financial situation of the FVU. It is highly dependent on the corporate contributions since we are starting to scale up the FVU to provide different learning facilities for social entrepreneurs. In the future, we aim to shift the bulk of the source of financing from corporations toward the contributions of the homegrown social enterprises availing the space and facilities of the FVU.
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
It is a farm because it has the capacity to grow various crops and to raise different animals. These activities enable the different entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs to realize the importance in developing the main source of raw materials of various businesses and social enterprises. This is also to reverse the problem in the high average age of the farmers in the country, which is 57 and very close to retirement age. On one hand, it is also a village because it is a community of people;
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
The founder of the Farm Village University was also the founder of Gawad Kalinga (GK). GK is a known NGO that builds a climate resilient houses for poor or victims of natural disasters around the Philippines with strong value based community. Providing houses and values is not enough to support a whole community. With this problem, this led to exploring the concept of FVU to promote social entrepreneurship to the poor. He realized that most social entrepreneurs were usually coming from a privilege background that has a poor understanding of their poverty. The bottom-up approach through entrepreneurship would build a more grounded foundation for the social entrepreneurs to create social impact to their families, community and country.
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