Bennette Tenecio, Joji Pantoja, and Kriz Cruzado represented Coffee for Peace and PeaceBuilders Community at the PBSP-Citibank BiD Challenge 2010 Awarding held in Rockwell Tents, Rockwell Center, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Praise God! The Lord has confirmed among the business leaders in the Philippines that putting the interest of the poor and the environment in the heart of a business plan is not only possible, but financially viable. I, along with my team, are so excited and encouraged to pursue our dreams.

The Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and Citibank Philippines recognized the vision of Coffee for Peace (CFP) as a viable social enterprise during the Business in Development (BiD) Challenge Philippines 2010. CFP received a reward of PhP 100,000 from PBSP-Citibank as one of the ten winners in the BiD Challenge Philippines 2010.

In that same event, I was also surprised by another PhP 50,000 award given to CFP by The Foundation for Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI).  The award plaque says:

The Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc.
proudly presents
the Triple Bottom Award to
for rendering
the most inspiring enterprise story
of financial viability
while putting
the interest of the poor and the environment
in the heart of its business plan.

Their effort to achieving a sustainable society
is being greatly appreciated by all of us.

Awarded this 30th day of May in the year 2011.

Martin N. Tanchuling

The Triple Bottom Award refers to PEOPLE, PLANET, and PROFIT.

Now, God has given me more confidence in presenting this business plan to investors who share our heart and mind in doing business.


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    • Dan KLASSEN on 15.June.2011. at 09:10

    What an outstanding witness you are providing to those of us in other parts of the world. You are helping us to question what we buy and consume and why. Thank you for encouraging my heart strings to be tugged on a little more often and to respond in ways which are tangible. The poor are also our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    1. Thank you, Dan! I’m glad that you’re encouraged and that you’re a part of our fair trade network as a way of loving the poor and uplifting their dignity as human beings in the name of Christ.

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