Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
All PWD-Inclusive (and Operated) Cafe-Pizzeria in Las Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective of the Café-Pizzeria is to enable Persons with Disabilities (PWD's) to harness their skills and potentials towards economic, physical, emotional and psychosocial growth. Such activities that will lead to the realization of the project include capacity training (e.g. management training, further education, restaurant (as an institution) training, customer service, clerical skills training) and other skills necessary for the management and operations of the café-pizzeria. As to the side of government and laypersons, we will conduct disability sensitivity trainings (e.g. how to properly transact with and treat PWD's) to also promote the visibility of disabled persons as a sub-community in Las Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines. Those were the "soft skills." The other thing necessary are the tangible infrastructures. The tangible infrastructures that will make the PWD restaurant unique are the tactile floors and Braille accessibilities for the blind, ramps for PWD's in wheelchairs, and sign-language posters for the non-deaf customers to communicate with the deaf managers, employees, and staff. What makes this innovative are the following features of the restaurant: first, it follows a model of a coffee-pizza style house located in Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines. A possible partnership with the congregation that made this possible might be seen in the near future. Second. another model for Wi-Fi access located in a café in Manila with high-speed internet will also be integrated. Third, we are dealing with Persons with Disabilities. This isn't your ordinary cash-for-work program. What makes this unique is the integration and embodiment of PWD advocacy by showing that PWD's can also make a difference in society by giving the best goods and services, given the fact that they were given the opportunity to capacitate themselves just like everyone else.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
I will modify the targets and indicators of success for the purpose of making them more PWD-sensitive. 1) Sustain per PWD income generation through annual growth rate of income per capita. 2) A focus on technological innovation and diversification, through modifying technological advancements available as assistive devices for working PWD's and PWD customers. This will be measured through both qualitative and quantitative assumed values for work productivity (e.g. hours worked versus output per day, absenteeism, etc.) 3) The access of PWD's to financial services, measured by the following statistics before and during employment: (economic literacy, trust to financial institutions, percentage share of savings to financial institutions). 4) The promotion of environmental sustainability in and out of the workplace (as measured by the presence or absence of environmental issues in PWD advocacy, the consistent use of reusable wares at work) 5) Decent work for all, including persons with disabilities (the measure of the sustainability of this proposal towards addressing PWD unemployment in Las Pinas, Metro Manila, Philippines).
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our target customers are coffee lovers, pizza enthusiasts, and computer users in Las Pinas who need reliable WiFi networks. We also target people who are looking into partnerships for advocacies and conferences, as we could offer the place as an exclusive venue for meetings. We never want customers to make us feel (since I am also a PWD) that they are patronizing our services out of mercy. Rather, we want a sustainable relationship with our customers, giving the best goods and services. We want our capacities, skills and competencies to be our living testimonies towards good ethical business practice. We want our customers to shatter their old beliefs about disability as a source of burden and the end of a good, quality life for a PWD. What makes this concept unique, apart from everything that I have discussed, is the fact that we could mix advocacy with work. It will be nice to go to the restaurant anticipating another day to peer-educate customers about the true face of disability. Revenues will come mostly from the food orders (e.g. coffee, cakes, and pizza) and the rental fees for a part or the whole of the venue. The WiFi service comes "free" with the food orders, but strategized in such a way that the WiFi usage will be charged with the food revenues. Investment costs include training costs, research and profiling costs, tax costs, and renovation costs. The overhead costs include salaries, rent, supplies, utilities, and WiFi. Variable costs include the ingredients that come with the food, as well as the increase in the usage of WiFi if ever it suddenly fluctuates upward. As for the financing source and collaborators, the very essence of this narrative is to attract them for the project
I am Kristel Clarence G. Geneta, turning 25 this year. I am currently writing my thesis about mental health in my master's degree. What introduced me in the world of Persons with Disabilities and their needs was my diagnosis as a bipolar in 2015. In the Department of Social Welfare and Development classification in the Philippines, I fall under a psychosocial PWD. Don't get me wrong. Physical isn't everything when it comes to disability classification. When I spend time with my fellow PWD's in advocacy meetings and activities, they always clamor for employment opportunities near them. They are either too scared, too overwhelmed, underqualified, or worst--- discriminated up front--- when employers know that they are PWD's. Livelihood projects also not profile the PWD's directly. I myself am a researcher, and I advocate for a comprehensive and informed decision when it comes to PWD quality-of-life improvement. My experiences as a PWD won me two (2) slots for publication--- one local, and one international. The Philippine Daily Inquirer published my article "Mental Health in PH" that discusses the plight of people with psychosocial disabilities when it comes to everyday life and mental health-sensitive legislation. Another, from the Peter Drucker Forum 2017, was about PWD discrimination in employment. I just wanted to give back to the people who understand me the most. I hope this becomes an opportunity for everyone to hear their story.