My love for coconut oil started in the Philippines when my Mum and I would make it from scratch to use it as a hair mask. From there, it was always skincare before makeup for me and taking care in choosing the best ingredients for my skin. Skincare became a lifestyle for me. Everything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, so I always said I’d rather have a cheat meal than cheat on my skincare with toxic chemicals.
In college, I volunteered for a Filipino non-profit, Gawad Kalinga. It was my first introduction to the concept of social business, we're making an impact was at the core of your business plan. When I learned that 60% of the coconut farmers in the Philippines live below the poverty line, this shocked me because the Philippines is one of the top global providers of coconut oil. Suddenly, coconut oil had a whole new meaning for me and I wanted to make a difference. I saw the impact fairtrade farms were having with local communities, so that was Page 1 in my business plan.
With Gawad Kalinga, I also volunteered with their feeding program, Kusina ng Kalinga which translates to Kitchen of Care. It went beyond food aid, they provided lunch meals in public elementary schools. They were feeding the minds of the future generation of leaders & changemakers. It’s hard to believe but childhood hunger in the Philippines (and so many other places) is a daily reality and that’s why I wanted to partner with KNK because it is a solvable problem. KNK have 12 kitchens all around the Philippines and feed 20,000 children a day and I’m so grateful to contribute with all the other amazing organisations to this child hunger solution.
I want to personally say thank you to each and every one of you for supporting woman-owned and joining this impact driven journey with me.
Together we kaya more,