Stories of Impact 

Our Stories of Impact series consists of videos and articles that showcase the challenges Southeast Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs (WSEs) face and their corresponding solutions that change broken systems for the good of all.

DIWA Media Fellowship Stories

Women social entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia are paving the way for inclusive economies and empowered communities. However, oftentimes their stories do not reach mainstream attention which minimizes opportunities to create awareness around their advocacies, to amplify their impact through partnerships and support, and to co-lead nationwide movements. 

This is why Ashoka Southeast Asia and S&P Global Foundation created the DIWA Media Fellowship in 2022. Through the Fellowship, journalists and media practitioners connect with women social entrepreneurs who have participated in the DIWA program and are given support to produce stories that put these women and their inspiring work front and center. 


by Susan Claire Agbayani (PhilStar Life) 

Get to know the story behind Lunas Collective, a chat service helpline that has been serving survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and advocates since the first pandemic lockdown in the country, launched by DIWA alumna Sabrina Gacad.  


by Tricia Aquino (PumaPodcast)

Meet 3 DIWA alumnae - Pauline SantosGinger Arboleda, and Gina Lynn Valdez - who are taking care of the pains of taxes and accounting for other social entrepreneurs so that they can focus on their impact!


by Jun Aguirre (Boracay Island News)

Several women innovators in North Cotobato, including DIWA alumna Lorie Daquioag, are producing alternatives to artificial fertilizers and are revitalizing local agriculture. 


by Bong Sarmiento (MindaNews)

Dive deep into the origins of Coffee for Peace, a social enterprise founded by DIWA alumna Joji Pantoja, which is building a community and culture of peace cup by cup.      


by Janess Ellao (Bulatlat)

Get to know more about DIWA alumna Salika Maguindanao who founded the Maranao Collectible Service Cooperative as a way to uplift a community of weavers from the aftermath of the Marawi Siege. 


by Geela Garcia (CNN Life Philippines)

DIWA alumnae Anya Lim and Pamela Mejia lead social enterprises that help weaving communities achieve sustainability financially, environmentally, and culturally. 


by Ace Perez (SunStar Davao)

Balik Batik, a social enterprise founded by DIWA alumna Veronica Baguio, promotes cultural appreciation rather than appropriation by building relationships with various indigenous communities and showcasing their handiwork. 


by Karlston Lapniten (Baguio Chronicle)

For DIWA alumna, Betty Listino, mobilizing a cooperative of professional from various disciplines has led to increasing the impact in various communities across her home region in the Cordilleras, from livelihood to mental wellbeing.