Britain can help end poverty for millions of Filipinos
Asian businessman calls for British companies and students to join his social entrepreneurship initiative.
Social entrepreneur Tony Meloto has urged British business schools, universities and corporations to help end poverty for five million families in the Philippines by 2024.
Meloto launched community development foundation Gawad Kalinga (GK) in 2003 to build homes and schools, plant trees and grow crops for deprived Filipino families.
Organisations such as Air France-KLM and Hyundai have financed the 3,000 Filipino communities built by students and business and army volunteers since Gawad Kalinga’s inception. Now, Meloto hopes British companies and business school students will contribute.
“We’re looking to establish strong relationships with British universities and schools,” he said when speaking at London Business School. “I want England to see the Philippines as a good gateway to Asia, which accounts for more than half of the world’s market.