• Good karma



    OUR little baby in Davao City, an ECHOstore run by licensee Sarah Claudio, has turned one year old.

    Sarah shared to the world that it has been a wonderful year especially when your social mission is the primary reason for putting up a business—a social enterprise. Things just fell into place and you could not ask for more.

    That’s good karma.

    Think of others and others will pray for your business. That it becomes a sustainable one. That it can help empower others. And Sarah truly discovered many new producers from in and around Davao City. She gave them market space, market access in her cozy store-café-market concept. She shared these new suppliers with the Manila branches and even for Cebu. That’s good karma.

    Reena Francisco, our resident foodie at ECHOstore, had a kidney transplant some two decades ago. Her good karma is to pay it forward. So when she heard one of our friends was about to undergo a kidney transplant, she took time out from her ever-busy schedule to cheer up the couple, to address their anxiety about such a life-changing procedure. That’s good karma.

    Immediately after that deed, Reena met new people who could be ECHOstore’s partners in business, future suppliers of organic produce like honey and rice. God truly has his ways. What are the odds Reena would be at the store to meet these people who came all the way from Abra, a 10-hour drive from the Cordillera?

    My friend Tom Medina and I took time off to travel to Magpet, Cotabato to inspire a cooperative on how they can grow their banana chip manufacturing enterprise. It is a trip that is long (a three-hour drive from Davao City) and quite a challenge especially when traveling by land as there is no other way.

    Immediately after doing that good Samaritan deed Tom and I were blessed with unexpected surprises upon our return to Manila.

    Karma is quick to return good things. Karma can also be bad.

    I consider good deeds, “paying it forward” and having a social mission as investments in goodwill, good karma and however else you may call it. An investment without a passbook or record. Because Someone up there is keeping track anyway.

    And there are many people who now are enlightened about social enterprises—business that want to do good before financial profit is considered.

    As there are people who only have money as their leader—these are people whose challenges in life are never-ending. So when people say “Kikita ka ba dyan?” (Will you earn from that endeavor?) I always bite my lip and think “here is another person whose goal is just to earn money”. And there are many occasions I hear those words.

    Sometimes, it is better to just let it be. Let the Universe do what it has to. Let Him take over.

    When we think of doing good for someone, even just random acts of kindness, it is like a drug that we want to take all the time. And that is good.

    Think of what you have done that is a good act and that is not led by money. Does it not make you feel good? Better than a vitamin or an energizing drink. It is the liquor of life that can intoxicate you with good energy.

    So, like Sarah and Reena or Tom, do a good deed today. Good karma is just waiting to reward you.

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    Meanwhile, ECHOstore recently opened in upscale Maria Luisa Road in Cebu City, along a new development called Streetscape. The rich enclave welcomed the new natural and organic social enterprise, where the who’s who of Cebu gathered. They came to eat Spinach tortillas, organic arugula with mushrooms and even banana heart burgers.

    Johann and Meyan Young, new parents to a four-month old baby, and entrepreneurs for sometime now decided to bring the green and natural concept to Cebu’s hot market. “I had no doubts Cebu would catch on with the green trend,” Johann says. Johann concocts the ready-to-eat food and freshly made pasta sauces according to ECHOstore’s standards.

    “We have mothers like me who look for products safe for babies,” declares Meyan. “I have personally chosen the lines we now carry so mothers can have an easier time choosing products for our babies.”

    ECHOstore carries many artisanal brands which are SLS-free and chemical free.

    ECHOstore Cebu is open seven days a week and is a good place to shop for unique local products from Ilocos to Davao and Sulu.

    For more information, visit www.echostore.ph. ECHOstore are found in Davao City, Centris QC, Serendra, Makati, Podium and soon in Iloilo City.

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    Chit Juan is the Founder and President of ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle located in Serendra , Podium, Centris, Davao City, Makati and Cebu .She is the President of Women’s Business Council of the Philippines and the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. She often speaks to corporates, academe and entrepreneurs about her advocacies: Social Enterprise, Women Empowerment and Coffee. You can reach her at puj@echostore.ph or find her on Twitter@Chitjuan, Instagram: CHITJUAN or Linked In: Pacita Juan.


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