Overview 

In the 2017 British Council study on the state of social enterprises in the Philippines, one of the non-finance barriers that impede the growth of social enterprises in the Philippines is the lack of awareness of the public on what social enterprises are. To address this, the British Council opened a grant competition that aims to introduce social enterprises to the wider audience in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and enhance their understanding on SEs.

The grant was awarded to The Moropreneur, and in March 2018 launched the campaign ‘Choice and Opportunity through Social Enterprise’, better known as chooSE. Running from 6 March to 31 August, the campaign covered the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Cotabato, Pagadian and General Santos in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – ARMM and the Philippine Social Enterprise Network (PhilSEN).

chooSE was aimed at:

a) enhancing awareness on CSO-SEED, social enterprise and their role in economic empowerment and peacebuilding; and,

b) establishing social enterprise partnerships and multi-stakeholder support for the sector to flourish.

"BECAUSE OF THE CHOOSE WORKSHOP,
MY UNDERSTANDING OF SOCIAL 
ENTERPRISE DEEPEND. I BELIEVE THAT
SOCIAL ENTERPRISES CAN HELP SOLVE
THE PROBLEMS OF OUR COMMUNITY."
 
Haniemah P. Ismael
Sultan Guro Memorial National High School