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The Philippines’ economy is one of the fastest growing in Asia, underpinned by rising investments and record diaspora remittances totalling US$32bn in 2018 (almost 10% of GDP). However, extreme poverty remains high, occuring at an estimated 19.2% of the population. Most of the impoverished live in rural areas with limited options: either work in the agriculture sector or go abroad.
Join us for our 31st Geneva Impact for Breakfast gathering for an interactive session on how to effectively break this paradigm.
The session attempts to highlight the innovations taking place within the Philippines, the role of social enterprises in the development of rural communities.
Learn how you can help channel funds to scale social up enterprises and small businesses, create livelihood opportunities, and provide a better standard of living for rural communities.
The session will be led by Jennifer Viloria from IISLA Ventures.
IISLA (Inclusive Investment in Sustainable Livelihood & Aspirations) works closely with social enterprises, established businesses and impact investors with a mission to reach the underserved in society where mainstream finance and access to essential business support may not be available. Their services enable social entrepreneurs to raise funds to scale up businesses on one hand; whilst allowing investors access to worthwhile, socially responsible and environmental projects in less developed communities on the other. IISLA provides advisory and brokerage, strategic planning and investor relations to a number of social enterprises in the Philippines; in such key sectors as food production & processing, health & wellness, sustainable hotel & tourism development, technology & infrastructure, and transport & logistics.
Jennifer Viloria, founder & CEO of IISLA Ventures, brings over three decades of experience from various industries including telecommunications, investment banking, hotel & tourism consultancy, social entrepreneurship and angel impact investment, both in the UK and in the Philippines. She is also a co-founder of the UK B-Corp Inpsired Ventures and one of the first investors in Aduna as one of the ClearlySo Angels. Today she is partly based in Manila to implement IISLA’s vision of sustainable prosperity for people in rural communities. She believes that if people in remote places live their dreams and aspirations without needing to leave their homes and families, many social and environmental challenges we face today could be avoided, if not eradicated.