Category Archives: Financial Inclusion

Never too small for hope (sari-sari store) – International Day of Rural Women 2020

Mary Jane Selecia is a mother of five who lives in a rural community in Upi, Maguindanao in the Philippines. She runs a sari-sari store (corner store) in her community. COVID-19 has significantly affected their household and community. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the government imposed community quarantine measures which includes physical distancing, movement […]

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Plight of Microentrepreneurs in the Philippines Part 1 of 3 Sari-sari Stores

Never too Small for Hope- Part I Doing business is largely a family affair in the Philippines – 80% of enterprises are family-owned or family-controlled. Microenterprises are the most intimate and the most common of these businesses. Nine of out of 10 MSMEs in the Philippines are microenterprises. Their kinship is the most deep-rooted because […]

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ARBOs Remain Covid-free

Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBO) in Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur Provinces remain covid free. This is the result of the ARBO covid-19 quick assessment conducted by SEDPI on April 20-24, 2020. While some ARBOs have completely stopped operations, 36% or ten (10) out of twenty-eight (28) participating ARBOs continue to provide […]

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SEDPI inks partnership with SSS to bring social safety nets to low income groups

“SEDPI believes that the marginalized sector should be the first to enjoy the benefits of government services,” Vince Rapisura, SEDPI President, said in a statement on the occasion of its Memorandum of Agreement signing with Social Security System (SSS). “Our partnership with SSS will realize this so that low income groups will benefit fron social […]

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Shelter for all: SEDPI partners with Pag-IBIG Fund to benefit more micro-entrepreneurs

“SEDPI’s partnership with Pag-IBIG Fund is a step closer to the organization’s vision of financial empowerment and financial inclusion for Filipinos,” Vince Rapisura, SEDPI President said when asked how the partneship is relevant to nation building. The organization’s members consist of self-employed individuals in the informal sector with need for improved social protection and access […]

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SEDPI pioneers impact investing fora in 9 countries

“I found Vince Rapisura on Facebook and he constantly discusses being a social investor. Through him, I learned that investing can create more value than just mere profit. We can select investments that have a conscious goal of making a positive impact on society,” said a social investor in an online forum. Impact investing are […]

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SEDPI joins key financial stakeholders in Finovation 2019

Social Enterprise and Development Partnerships, Inc. (SEDPI) is the country’s premier capacity builder in the fields of social entrepreneurship, microfinance and financial literacy. SEDPI, represented by its founder and president Vincent Rapisura, joined eCompareMo’s Finovation 2019 to contribute to a clearer and more solid path towards greater financial inclusion. He served as the moderator of […]

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Strengthening farmer organizations Mindanao to alleviate poverty and accelerate peace process

Mindanao is considered one of the wealthiest islands in the Philippines in terms of natural resources. It boasts plenty of natural resources, producing 40% of the country’s food needs (OECD, 2013). Further, one-third of the island’s land area is considered agricultural (Francisco, 2017). Despite these considerable assets, the island has continuously been a place of […]

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LENDING A HAND, BUILDING CAPACITIES: SEDPI conducts trainings on product design and delinquency management with ARBOs

  “We must all be solution-oriented,” said Florence Adviento, one of the trainers from SEDPI, at the beginning of the discussions. With the statement above as tone-setter, the Social Enterprises Development Partnerships Inc. (SEDPI) successfully conducted a 3-day series of trainings with 38 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) coming from provinces of Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, […]

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SEDPI Clinches WOCCU Project on Financial Inclusion

On January 7, 2019, the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions awarded SEDPI a contract to conduct a demand-side research with credit union members of select credit unions (CUs) or credit cooperatives in the Philippines. The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, the social impact affiliate of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), partnered with the […]

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