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NOREEN BAUTISTA: Young Innovator

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Human Nature

"[Filipinas are] so creative and we're so resourceful that we could really create amazing products for enterprises that will eventually help our country."

"[Filipinas are] so creative and we're so resourceful that we could really create amazing products for enterprises that will eventually help our country."

A business degree, a drive to create change for the Philippines and a deep love for country were the building blocks of a business venture. 

Noreen Bautista, the young innovator behind Jacinto and Lirio, the social enterprise known to fashion high-end bags from water lilies, asked herself, “Life is so short, and if you have the opportunity to create change, why wait?”

And wait she did not. Noreen chased her dream, took the bull by the horns and founded, at just the young age of 20, Jacinto & Lirio.

Now, this social enterprise not only showcases Filipino innovation and ingenuity through high-end leather bags, but also helps community partners all across the Philippines through sustainable livelihood.

Noreen joins the growing number of passionate pioneers that prove to the Filipino youth that, no matter what age, one can successfully build a business that is not only sustainably profitable, but is also socially significant and directly helps uplift the poor communities from poverty.

For Noreen, this is the best time to be an entrepreneur in the Philippines, and not just any entrepreneur at that, but a social entrepreneur.

L-R: Jacinto&Lirio Elegante Collection; Members of a Jacinto&Lirio partner community making plant leather products out of water hyacinth; Jacinto&Lirio Gabriella Collection

 

“I wanted to really do something for the Philippines… I was a business major, but I was always thinking: in what way could I really contribute with this background in business but also change the country? Social entrepreneurship was really the bull’s eye”.

“[Filipinas are] so creative and we’re so resourceful that we could really create amazing products for enterprises that will eventually help our country.”

Noreen giving a talk on Social Entrepreneurship at the Entrepreneurshift gathering of Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation in Iloilo last February


This post was posted in Pinay and Proud - Profiles

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