Thank you Chef and Eco-advocate Aileen Suzara and Kitchen Kwento for the thoughtful questions and sharing on your blog what we're doing with our Social Products Mindanao Heirloom Rice from biodynamic small scale farmers in the Philippines.
Thank you to the Asian Journal for the two page feature sharing why our Mindanao Black Rice is so special, and Why we exist as a social enterprise. Now available only in select natural gourmet locations in Los Angeles for our soft launch (not yet on our website). Deliveries are ongoing, but you can find it today at Urban Radish in Arts District & Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market and Restaurants in the Original Farmers Market. Social Products Black Rice will be available in more locations in the coming week! http://asianjournal.com/aj-magazines/social-products-cultivating-black-rice-and-advancing-the-lives-of-mindanao-farmers/
Prior to launching Social Products Black Rice, we founded SocialProjectPH, a crowdfunding for social good projects in the Philippines as a way to address poverty and one real need of social enterprises, access to funding. But we always believed SocialProject.PH was a starting point for what we are doing now, helping Philippine social enterprises with another key need, access to markets, which for us as Filipino Americans is here in the U.S. You can learn more about our social entrepreneurship journey in this first of three Financial Times articles starting in September 2012, when FT followed us and our first year startup journey: www.ft.com/start-up And below is a nice Asian Journal article from July 2013, which first shared...
In August 2014 we had our first popup sampling at the Next Day Better + LA event in the beautiful General Assembly space in Santa Monica, CA. Below is a video and article link that shared our initiative to empower small cooperative farmers in the Philippines. http://www.balitangamerica.tv/nonprofit-group-pushes-for-philantrophy-among-fil-ams/