Empowerment of Filipino migrants and their families on leadership, financial literacy and social entrepreneurship
13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.
Students' registration fees: 90%
Subsidy from university:10%
Volunteer labor: significant
15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
Our growth strategy is to expand the prog to other countries/regions with large numbers of Filipino migrants, esp those in the household sector. We hope to open soon in NAmerica, NZ and more ME countries where there is keen interest in the prog. However, with COVID19, programs this year in old and new cities have all been put on hold. We need to move quickly to more online (blended) learning that can have a wider/faster outreach to our migrants/families. This crisis will also mean more migrants returning to the Phil and the urgent need to prepare them esp financially is critical.
16. Activating changemakers: How are you giving people the power to control their own destiny and support other people to become changemakers in their communities?
The prog challenges students to become changemakers, not only helping themselves and their families but also their communities and society. They are asked to pay forward what they have learned to others thru their soc enterprises, as volunteers or as active leaders in their org/communities. Thus, they are encouraged to actively contribute to nation building in whatever ways they possibly can. This is explicit in the prog framework. The prog also gives much importance to changing mind sets, values formation, esp servant leadership.
17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?
I have been selected as one of the first Ashoka fellows from the Philippines because of this program. I also received recognitions from the ff for this program: in 2017 the Global Fairness Initiative - Fairness Award, Go Negosyo Filipino Award (2016), Standard Visionary Award (2016) and from my alma mater, Asian Institute of Technology (2013).
18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project
We collaborate with stakeholders such as Phil embassy and labor officials in cities where we have prog. Most have been very supportive, and some have invited us to bring the prog to new places. Our active partnership with coops thru NATCCO enhances the impact of the program thru mobilizing migrants’ savings/investments for loc econ dev’t, even beyond those coming from graduates. In 3 years of linking migrants with just 18 coops, over US$40m S&I have been mobilized, indicating a huge potential.