Lo­cal so­cial en­ter­prise bags award from Google

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS -

A DAVAO-based so­cial en­ter­prise is one of the three win­ners of the 2017 Google Busi­ness Group (GBG) sto­ries.

Vir­tu­ala­han is a so­cial en­ter­prise that trains Peo­ple with Dis­abil­ity (PWDs) to be­come dig­i­tal pro­fes­sion­als us­ing Google plat­forms such as Google Class­room, GSuite, and Chrome in or­der to break em­ploy­ment bar­ri­ers that are usu­ally the prob­lems faced by PWDs.

“The six-week skills train­ing trans­formed scores of fam­ily-de­pen­dent and unem­ployed PWD to self-earn­ing and de­pend­able mem­bers of the fam­ily and the com­mu­nity. Af­ter the skills cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, Vir­tu­ala­han then pro­vides jobs by em­ploy­ing their grad­u­ates and/or by plac­ing them with their out­sourc­ing part­ners. They are em­ployed as vir­tual as­sis­tants, cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives, tran­scrip­tion­ists, data man­agers, and other on­line jobs,” Vir­tu­ala­han said in a state­ment.

For the past two years, Vir­tu­ala­han had been of as­sis­tance to 127 ben­e­fi­cia­ries from 20 dif­fer­ent coun­tries in the Philip­pines.

It has rep­re­sented the coun­try in dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions which in­cludes the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) Im­pact Chal­lenge in Sin­ga­pore. Vir­tu­ala­han has also rep­re­sented the coun­try at the So­cial En­ter­prise World Fo­rum in Hong Kong, was among the fel­lows in the DO School in Ger­many, and The Global Good Fund in the United States, and the The Youth As­sem­bly at the United Na­tions in New York.

“At Vir­tu­ala­han, we equip PWDs with dig­i­tal skills and pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. Our mis­sion is to re­store hu­man dig­nity to our ben­e­fi­cia­ries and rein­tro­duce them to the com­mu­nity as wor­thy mem­bers,” said Vir­tu­ala­han Founder Ryan Ger­sava in a state­ment.

Out of the 150 coun­tries that vied for the top spot, only nine en­tries made it to the fi­nals and only three were de­clared the win­ners.

The two other win­ners were Riliv.com of In­done­sia, an on­line plat­form that pro­vides coun­sel­ing, and Yagam, a cof­fee shop/ restau­rant in Baguio City that serves au­then­tic Cordillera cuisines and cof­fee.

Khalti from Nepal, a fin-tech com­pany with the ob­jec­tive of mak­ing Nepal’s econ­omy a cash­less econ­omy, won the Peo­ple’s Choice Awards via on­line vot­ing. This is the first time that en­tries from the Philip­pines won the said com­pe­ti­tion.

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