The last few weeks have been some of the most difficult I have known in all my years of entrepreneurship, and I know many are facing similar situations where a lot of uncertainty in the air and a well laid plans for 2020 are being tossed aside.
But, as I have come to understand through my conversations with entrepreneurs from around the region, regardless of what is happening in the world, if you are going to succeed you need to keep showing up to work, hunker down, and continue along the path.
It is a lesson that I took away from my time speaking with Krie Lopez , founder of Messy Bessy. An organization that has in a very short time grown rapidly, built a strong brand, and has created real infrastructure for change.
About Entrepreneurs For Good Series:
Through this series, we speak with Asia based entrepreneurs whose mission it is to bring solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges that are faced within the region to learn more about their vision, the opportunities they see, and challenges that they have had to overcome.
It is a series that we hope will not only engage and inspire you, but catalyze you and your organizations into action.
To identify a challenge that is tangible, and build a business model (profit or non) that brings a solution to the market.
Believing in the 3 Ps “People, planet and profit,” Krie operates on the principle of faith in humanity, in the process of which she has created a story that inspires and produces concrete change in society. The mechanical engineering graduate and Dean’s Lister from Ateneo first joined the Rustan’s Coffee Corporation, before heading the corporate social responsibility program. After 8 years, she quit to research on social entrepreneurship.
After several trial and errors, she hit upon natural cleansers. Messy Bessy, launched in 2007, is now a recognisable and preferred home and personal care product line, mostly for its natural ingredients, environmental sustainability, and innovative composition. This venture also involves employing at-risk young adults, many of whom were formerly abused, trafficked, incarcerated, and impoverished.
For this, she set up HOUSE (Helping Ourselves Through Sustainable Enterprises) in 2015, a safe haven and educational program. Despite facing tests motivating workers and managing students, the HOUSE has produced more than a dozen college scholars. In 2016, she partnered with The British Council Phillippines for its first nationwide effort to promote social entrepreneurship.
Messy Bessy Website: https://shop.messybessy.com/
Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, Richard Brubaker has spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to take their first step.
Acting as a catalyst to driving sustainability, Brubaker works with government, corporate, academic and non-profit stakeholders to bring together knowledge, teams, and tools that develop and execute their business case for sustainability.
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