Joji Pantoja

Joji (aka Lakambini Mapayapa) graduated from the University of Santo Tomas (B.Sc., 1979). She also studied International Relations at the University of the Philippines. She moved to Canada in 1986 and since then developed a successful career in the investment and financial industry. She returned to the Philippines in 2006. As CEO of Coffee For Peace, Inc., she became the Women Entrepreneur Winner of CitiBank-Business in Development Network, Philippines in 2010. She also received, in 2015, an N-Peace Award from the United Nations Development Program – Impact Investment Exchange Asia (UNDP-IIXAsia) in behalf of the women who comprise the 80 percent of the farming farmers of Coffee For Peace, Inc. She was invited for the N-Peace Awards Ceremony at One UN Hotel, New York, NY. In October of 2017, Lakambini completed her Master of Entrepreneurship in Social Enterprise Development, Ateneo de Manila University - Graduate School of Business. Asked why she left her career in Vancouver, Canada for Mindanao: “I can’t imagine having a summary of my life printed on my tombstone as: ‘Spent her life managing rich people’s money.’ I want to be remembered as: ‘A person who walked with the people as they find dignity through sustainable economic development.’”

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INCLUSIVE GROWTH IS THE KEY ASPECT OF OUR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION ADVOCACY

As we are getting deeply immersed in divided communities because of unresolved conflicts, the more we are becoming aware of the need for inclusive economic development as a critical aspect of our peace and reconciliation ministry. Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) is the heart of our ministry. Our concept of peace — from the Hebrew term …

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WILLARD METZGER JOINS PBCI AND CFP 2014 RETREAT IN MINDANAO

28-30 May 2014. Dr. Willard Metzger, Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada, visited Mindanao and encouraged us during the joint spiritual retreat of the PeaceBuilders Community and Coffee For Peace. Willard was accompanied by Gordon Janzen, MCCanada Witness Facilitator for Asia. Before coming to Davao City, they spent time with our sisters and brothers at …

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WE INVITE OUR CANADIAN PARTNERS TO INVEST IN MINDANAO

We are calling investors from among the Mennonite Church Canada to come and see for themselves what is happening in the economy of the Philippines, especially in Mindanao. Our country’s economy remained to be on an upward trend even after the major floods, armed-skirmishes, super-typhoons, storm surge, and earthquake we have experienced in the past …

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ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY TAKES SHAPE AS PART OF OUR DREAM

Part of our dream at PBCI is to be economically sustainable in our ministries in the Philippines. But we don’t want to remain in a dreamworld. With God’s grace, we will continue with our labour of love to worship God and to realize our dream of peace and reconciliation in our land. In order to …

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OUR SMALL ‘COFFEE FOR PEACE’ IS MAKING A BIGGER IMPACT

Our social business is small but its impact is getting bigger. According to the Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, a social business is “a non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective within the highly regulated marketplace of today. It is distinct from a non-profit because the business should seek to generate a modest …

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THE DREAM OF PAR COMMUNITY MULTIPLICATION IS BEING REALIZED

Our dream is to see one Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Community in each of the 80 provinces in the Philippines by the year 2020. This dream is spiritually motivated and is technically planned. We call this dream Vision 2020. The dream was borne out of a spiritual realization that the church can, and must, be …

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OUR DAVAO GROUP OF FRIENDS IS ALSO OUR FUN GROUP AND SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY

We hang out with them. We laugh with them. We journey in life with them. We pray with them. We eat with them. We learn with them. We do ministry together with them. We worship with them. This is a small group in the Christian congregation where we belong in Davao City. This is our …

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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

We are sent by Mennonite Church Canada Witness in partnership with our international community.