Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
Our main objective is to help revive the jewellery culture in the Philippines by empowering marginalised Filipino artisans to make their practice more sustainable. We give them projects to work on, and we earmark 2% of our proceeds to establish heART School in 2 to 3 years, where future Filipino artisans can be trained, and have access to new jewellery technology. We are currently creating an app to make the project more scalable, hence, we will be able to get to our goal of establishing the school sooner. Our creative team is trying to come up with something new that has not been done by any jewellery company before.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
In 2017, we have 3 additional artisans that we are working with. We were able to increase their earnings by 50% in 2017 from their earnings in 2016. We plan to make a stronger impact in the future through heART School, which we are going to fund with 2% of our proceeds. We want to be proactive in giving access to education to our future Filipino digital artisans, empowering them to create with innovation in mind.
Sustainability and future plans
We currently work with Filipino artisans to create all our jewellery, everything is handcrafted from the smallest details. Later on, we would like to introduce them to 3d software and 3d printing to transform their skills to contribute innovation to the industry. We can then increase the value of all handcrafted projects, creating more special high-margin designs. We initially self-funded with minimal capital, and reinvested profits. We are currently in our first round of funding from investors, as we plan to expand operations to the United Kingdom.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I'm Germee Ronirose Abesamis, I'm 32 years old. I'm a Filipina jewellery designer, and I have known Filipino jewellery artisans, and been interacting with jewellery clients, since I was 2 years old at my grandmother's jewellery atelier in our small town in Pangasinan. My sister and I used to create jewellery out of newspaper and leaves, since we were allowed to buy toys only once a year at Christmas. I finished cum laude with BS Business Administration and Accountancy at the University of the Philippines, and Masters in Finance at Universita Bocconi in Milan, Italy. I placed 7th amongst 6,500 students nationwide who took the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Exam in the Philippines in October 2006. Here's an article about how Dearest came about: https://businessmirror.com.ph/millennial-quits-corporate-career-to-build-jewelry-design-enterprise/.