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Ekolife: The Promise of a Social Enterprise

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Our idealist self would often tell us to dedicate our lives to something that will ultimately outlive it.
We hope to create a sustainable environment for generations to come, be instruments for positive social impacts, collect meaningful moments and have a sense of fulfillment in all the things we do. These are the things that come by joining Eko Life—we start from our roots.

INTRODUCING EKOLIFE

EKOLIFE is born from every Filipino’s dream to develop his hometown and see it grow, starting by engaging the Overseas Filipino workers in the tourism industry. Every Filipino family would have a relative living or working abroad, but with the rise of the country’s economy and the need for development of rural areas—it’s time to invite them back to where they belong, home.

It is a social enterprise involving OFWs and their families as both the suppliers and market in eco-dev or agro tours in various Philippine destinations, fostering the relationship between Local Government Units and the communities through promotion of tours, training hosts for homestays, and introducing income-generating businesses and other development initiatives.

Under the guidance of Atikha—a non-government organization that provides economic and social services to overseas Filipinos and the families left behind, Ekolife brings travelers closer to the community, taps potential investments, and highlights the charm of our unique provinces.

Beyond profit, the focus of this organization is the overall well-being of people as well as keeping a healthy environment.

EKOLIFE PREPARATORY ACTIVITIES

1. Training on Basic Homestay Accommodation for Overseas Filipinos and their families

From a classic nipa hut to a bungalow style homestay, experience Filipino hospitality through Ekolife Ecodev Tours.

From a classic nipa hut to a bungalow style homestay, experience Filipino hospitality through Ekolife Ecodev Tours.

Hosting people from around the world in your own home is like traveling without leaving the confines of your room. You get to interact with interesting families or solo backpackers and show them the comfort and experience of true Filipino hospitality. You have the opportunity to promote your town on a personal level and even share with people secret family recipes and stories. Financially, you don’t need to shell out a huge amount of capital like setting up a hotel in order to provide accommodations. This also caters to guests who want to travel like a local or are looking for more affordable yet enriching trips.

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2. Training on Tour Guiding

Tourguiding in Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Batangas

Tourguiding in Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Batangas

All you need are fun facts, fascinating pieces of history and your friendly self to present your province to travellers and walk them through an unforgettable experience. Ekolife puts together the best activities in each place and trains people to be professional guides.

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3. Seminar on Green Practices such as Recycling Domestic Waste, Organic Farming Trading, Use of Renewable Energy and Green Architecture

Recycle and be an Entrepreneur!

Recycle and be an Entrepreneur!

There’s money in trash and waste. But you have to learn the process of how to turn them to something useful—this is what Ekolife offers. Knowing the basics of recycling can go a long way or you can even go further with “up” cycling or transforming old materials creatively.

4. Organizing of Ekolife Stake Holders and Launch at a Provincial and Municipal level

With the esteemed Mayor of Paete, Laguna, Hon. Rojilyn Q. Bagabaldo, Ms. Regina Austria (Laguna's Provincial Tourism Head) and Ms. Mai Anonuevo (Atikha's executive director)

With the esteemed Mayor of Paete, Laguna, Hon. Rojilyn Q. Bagabaldo, Ms. Regina Austria (Laguna’s Provincial Tourism Head) and Ms. Mai Anonuevo (Atikha’s executive director)

Ekolife becomes the bridge and partner of OFWs and the communities in the provinces to mobilize small to medium scale industries, increase income potential by facilitating the conversion of houses to bed and breakfasts, unused vans to rental services and promoting fair trade products of women, farmers and fisher folks to other countries.

The organization doesn’t just aim to inform and inspire, but to drive positive change, create new opportunities without compromising the natural beauty of the country.

If you are a OFW, a traveller or you simply want to help your community grow, visit our website http://www.atikha.org/

Or email us: atikha@atikha.org