Lakambini Mapayapa

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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WE’RE ENJOYING ZYLIE ESTRELLA—OUR MINDANAO-BASED GRANDCHILD

Baby Zylie Estrella Velasco Pantoja was born last 30 July 2018 at 1531 PHT at the Davao Doctor’s Hospital. She’s born to Mandy Velasco, a fashion designer in Davao City, and Daniel Byron — our son. Zylie is our youngest and 7th grandchild.

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FRIENDS FROM PENNSYLVANIA-BASED ‘SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GROUP’ EXPLORE PARTNERSHIP WITH CFP

Our friend, Prof. Jonathan Rudy, Senior Fellow at the Pennsylvania-based Social Enterprise Group, led a team to visit Mindanao for the purpose of exploring partnership with Coffee For Peace. With him were Deborah Drury, Jason Biesel, and Rachel Craft. Last 07-12 January 2018, they travelled from Pennsylvania to Davao. They visited our farming partners in …

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MY ‘INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT DAUGHTERS’ WON A NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD

Two of the young inclusive development leaders we’re training — Sihaya Ansibod (Erumanen Menuvu, North Cotabato) and Twinkle Alngag Bautista (Sumacher, Kalinga) — represented CFP at the BPI Sinag Accelerate 2017’s final social entrepreneurial booth camp. Last 10 November 2017, they competed with other leading young entrepreneurs from across the country. Their business plan made it to …

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GRATEFUL TO GOD AND COMMUNITY FOR MY MASTER’S DEGREE GRADUATION

I am grateful to the Great Creator for this privilege of going through, and completing, the Master of Entrepreneurship (ME) program from the Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business. The program started in September 2015 and concluded in July 2017. This afternoon, I finally marched along the aisle, went up on stage, …

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COFFEE FOR PEACE HELPS ACHIEVE U.N. SUSTAINABLE GOALS IN THE PHILIPPINES

It is my joy to lead the staff, farming partners, barista partners, post-harvest processing partners, field training partners, and all the investing partners of Coffee For Peace, Inc.  Because of everybody’s smart work and hard work, other institutions have noticed our team performance. Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) cited CoffeeForPeace.Com as one of the inclusive businesses …

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MY FRIEND, MAIMAI, AND I ATTENDED THE PEACE TALKS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CORDILLERA PEOPLE

Last 23 April 2017, I went to Mount Data — a part of the northern mountain ranges of the Philippines we refer to as The Cordilleras — to attend and help document a meeting between the Cordillera Peoples’ Liberation Army (CPLA) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH). This historic event is one of the series …

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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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