Social entrep confab celebrates service, hope

Social entrep confab celebrates service, hope

by UA&P News Desk on March 7, 2012 - 11:42 am

by Mr. Angelo Roldan, School of Economics

Don’t let difficulties kill your dreams, a microfinance executive told peers and students at a recent social entrepreneurship symposium at UA&P.

Mr. Kamrul Tarafder, president and co-founder of ASA Philippines Foundation, recounted the joys and woes he met (and the hope he kept alive) from the time he started his “micro-enterprise” in the early 2000s.

Speakers at the Social Entrepeneurship Conference

“Let not our dream [be] overtaken by a problem,” he stressed.

Mr. Tarafder was among five speakers in the first Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship hosted by the UA&P School of Economics. The school said the symposium is set to become an annual event.

Speakers included Mr. Arnold Morfe of Dualtech, Mr. Anton Sayo of Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation, Dr. Gary Leonardo of San Dionisio Credit Cooperative, Mr. Leo Parma of AsiaPro Cooperative, and Mr. Bienvenido Nito of the School of Economics.

Like Mr. Tarafder, they shared their own stories — how they founded or got involved in their respective social enterprises and how they overcame challenges.

Celebration

The afternoon was not only jam-packed with information: it was a moment of celebration.

It celebrated the speakers’ contributions to the social entrepreneurship field, the youth’s interest in it, and, most important, the life of Dr. Raul C. Hernandez, who received posthumous honors for his dedication in initiating and promoting social enterprises. His son received the award on his behalf.

Rain and shine

More than 150 participants braved the heavy rainfall on their way to the event. Around 60 of them were either social entrepreneurs or young professionals interested in pursuing some social venture. The rest were UA&P students.

Asked for his thoughts about the conference, fourth-year industrial economics student Greg Mabbagu said the event was “timely and necessary.”

“Having felt and seen…persistent massive poverty in our country, [I think the symposium] could provide opportunities, security, and empowerment to Filipinos,” he said. #

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