(Text from Human Heart Nature; Photos by Euden Valdez)
HUMAN NATURE, the country’s largest social enterprise, now also serves as a distribution hub for fellow homegrown social enterprises that share its gold standards: sustainably-made items, locally-sourced raw materials, and ethical business practices.
These social enterprises also go beyond uplifting partner communities by producing world-class products that showcase the best of the Philippines.
“Everyone will enjoy the items from our partner social enterprises! Each delicious snack and refreshing drink encapsulates the best of the Philippines. It will give you the warmth of Filipino hospitality, like getting a taste of home wherever you are. Even when you’re stuck in your office or just cozying up at home.” Coco Castro-Cruz, Human Nature’s Category Manager for Social Enterprise Development shared.
Meet your healthy and mindful pick-me-ups at Human Nature:
Kayumanggi Organic Wild Ginger Tea
Are you looking for a healthier, more affordable pick for a tea-loving tita? Serve a hot cup of Kayumanggi Organic Wild Ginger Tea (P359.75, 200g). This classic salabat tea will help keep flu and colds at bay! Ginger is rich in antibacterial properties that help boost the immune system.
Kayumanggi Organic also works with two partner communities in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental where they purchase their raw materials at 20 percent above the standard market price.
The BeEmpire’s Apicuria Oral Spray
Dry air from the cold weather often leads to sore throat. Use The BeEmpire’s Apicuria Oral Spray (P299,12ml) before it gets worse. The special blend of Harlika Pure Honey, propolis and natural herbs help calm minor mouth and throat itchiness.
The BeEmpire works with beekeepers to give them a sustainable income. Through their work, they’ve also helped curb the practice of kaingin in Tanay, Rizal.
Arabica coffee from Café Lugud
Waking up can be a struggle when you’re faced with bed weather. Let a caffeine-boost help ease you into your day while you boost the income of Filipino coffee farmers.
Choose the delicious blend of dark-roasted premium Arabica coffee from Café Lugud (P360, 225g). Café Lugud buys coffee beans from Benguet farmers at market prices. They also donate
their profits to a Pampanga Gawad Kalinga Sibol School’s scholarship fund.
Put a love-filled twist to your loved ones’ meriendas with delectable spreads from First Harvest: First Harvest Peanut Spread (P184.75, 250g), a classic peanut butter spread without palm oil or extenders, First Harvest Peanut Crunch (P189.75, 250g), a crunchy peanut butter with a pop of pinipig, or First Harvest Coco Sugar Peanut Spread (P230, 250g), a healthy take on peanut butter: sweetened with coco sugar and churned with less oil.
First Harvest employs mothers and provides them with living wages as well as other opportunities to refine their skills. First Harvest also mentors students from the School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development so they can develop their own social enterprise.
Theo & Philo
Brighten any gloomy day with premium, internationally-acclaimed chocolates from Theo & Philo. Winner of the 2018 Academy of Chocolate International Awards in London, Theo & Philo Chocolates are available in the following variants: Milk Chocolate: Milk Chocolate with Pili & Pinipig, and Turon; 70% Dark Chocolate: Dark Chocolate with Green Mango & Sea Salt, with Calamansi, and with Siling Labuyo.
Theo & Philo also sources their cacao from Davao Farmers at fair trade prices.
Coco Dolce Chocolates
Rounding up the list of chocolate finds is Coco Dolce Chocolates. Enjoy a uniquely Filipino sweetness in every bite: Coco Dolce uses coco sugar to sweeten its chocolate bars instead of cane sugar. Coco sugar has lower glycemic value than cane sugar. Get it in 65% Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate (P119.75 45g).
Last year, Coco Dolce gave back to their employees with a 20-percent salary increase for its workers.
Sweet & Fit Stevia
Another way you can cut down your sugar intake is by substituting sugar with Sweet & Fit Stevia (P199.75, 50g). Stevia is a plant-derived sugar substitute that has zero calories.
Sweet & Fit helps Bulacan’s stevia growers earn twice than what they earn from rice farming. Sweet & Fit provides community members with educational assistance, health care, and additional training to improve the quality of their life.
Pili & Pino Granola
Another munch-tastic suggestion: skip the salty chips and go with crunchy Pili & Pino Granola (P195, 150g; in Banana & Cacao and Mango & Pineapple) instead. The granola-fruit mix is made sweeter by the finest coco nectar from Mindanao. You can also pair Pili & Pilo Granola with yogurt or milk for a filling breakfast.
Pili & Pino helps also local agriculture flourish by giving local farmers sustainable earning opportunities.
Tintan’s Assorted Cookie Bites
Heavy rains could mean heavy traffic. Be prepared for anything—pack some snacks in case you’re stuck in a gridlock. The freshly-baked cookies in every resealable pack of Tintan’s Assorted Cookie Bites (P160,120g) are perfect for long commutes. Each pack has three flavors: double chocolate and oatmeal, white chocolate and cashew, and chocolate chip.
Tintan’s Pastries trains mothers and working students from GK Baseco to create delectable baked goods which gives them a stable income.
Bayani Brew Farm Fresh Tea
Quench your thirst with a refreshing drink with health benefits. Bayani Brew Farm Fresh Tea in Lemongrass Pandan (P59.75, 400ml; P239.75, 4-Pack) is an all-natural cleanse brewed from organically farmed greens.
Bayani Brew currently sources all their natural ingredients at above market prices from small-scale farmers in Bulacan and Tarlac.
A wide selection of products from Human Nature’s partner social enterprises is available at all Human Nature stores. Find a Human Nature store via https://humanheartnature.com/buy/where-to-buy.