The Ka-Entrep Micro and Small Entrepreneurs Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (Ka-Entrep) is a non-stock, not-for-profit organization that was established in November 16, 2007. It is composed of micro entrepreneurs who belong to different industries mainly from Metro Manila. Ka-Entrep aims to alleviate poverty in our country by helping micro and small entrepreneurs grow and strengthen their enterprises through character and leadership trainings, entrepreneurial events, networking and advocacy.
The organization was created primarily to consolidate the sector of micro entrepreneurs in the Philippines, who in 2012, number to 844,764 or 89.4 percent of the total Enterprises in the Philippines, and the small entrepreneurs, at 92,027 or 9.74% of total enterprises. Together, they total to 936,791 enterprises or 99.14% of total registered enterprises. Though statistics has shown the immensity in number of this sector which can be a strong and potent force to help improve the country’s economy and alleviate poverty, the micro and small entrepreneurs remain invisible and unrepresented both in Congress and in government. It is for this reason why Ka-Entrep was conceived, organized and established.
The creation of Ka-Entrep was long and arduous. Its birth was a result of a long labor and unwavering conviction of those who believed in the potential of the sector to help lead the Philippines out of the quagmire. There had been doubts and skepticism regarding the possibility of ever organizing the micro entrepreneurs, much less so, consolidating the sector. But the call and the need for its creation superseded all impediments. Thus, Ka-Entrep, a brain child of the Center for Small Entrepreneurs (CSE) was conceived in November 30, 2004 as an entrepreneurs-for-others program dubbed as the Ka-Entrep program.
CSE initiated the creation of the organization by conducting the first orientation for micro entrepreneurs in November 30 of that same year. The orientation was attended by some 36 micro entrepreneurs from the different parts of Metro Manila. It was followed by a series of character formation seminars and culminated in the graduation of successful attendees that made them the first batch of full-fledged members of the Ka-Entrep Program.
With the success of the first batch, the CSE continued conducting more orientations and formation seminars to succeeding batches of participants. These orientation and formation phases paved the way for both recruitment and preparation of prospective members.
In January 2007, selected members of the different batches were assigned to create the Ka-Entrep Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. The final version of which were presented in the first General Assembly in June 28, 2007 and was approved by the general membership during that same assembly. It was also during this time that the organization’s general membership elected 13 of their colleagues to comprise the first set of Board of Trustees (BOT) while two other members of the BOT came from the CSE Board of Trustees.
On the same date, Area Councils, the grouping of members according to their business’ geographic location, were created to facilitate the organization’s services and communication to its members. Each Council had their own set of officers, who collectively form the organization’s Management Committee (ManCom).
Ka-Entrep Organization was formally launched in November 30, 2007 at the SM Megamall’s Megatrade Hall and was marked by the visit to the Philippines of delegates from UNIZO, Ka-Entrep’s Belgian counterpart. On this same day, a trade fair was set-up that featured the products and businesses of Ka-Entrep members.
In June 2009, Ka-Entrep started to test its organizational capabilities as an organization by managing its day to day organizational operations and organizing work. CSE transferred majority of its organizing activities to Ka-Entrep with the corresponding budget. An Organizational Development Specialist Provider was tapped to give technical support and strengthen the Ka-Entrep organization. The BOT formulated an Operational Plan (OP) for 2010 for submission to CSE and Trias. The OP outlines the activities Ka-Entrep will undertake as part of their initial organizational operations independent of their mother organization.
In November 2009, Ka-Entrep hired 2 staff that will oversee the day-to-day administrative and financial matters of the organization. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with CSE was formulated that states partnership and collaboration of the two organizations.
In January 2010, Trias, the funding agency, approved the Operational Plan and Ka-Entrep received a grant through CSE for the year. An Operations Manager was hired in February, Ka-Entrep also held its 4th General Assembly in the said month, and the general membership elected the 2nd set of BOT and officers. Also, election of new Council Heads and officers were held.
In May 2010, Trias initially approved the 2011-2013 Operational Plan; Ka-Entrep transferred to its new office; Leadership Trainings for leaders and members were conducted; and another staff, a Council Coordinator, was hired to help Ka-Entrep in strengthening the councils.
Since its creation, the Ka-Entrep has been actively campaigning for the empowerment of the micro entrepreneurs in the country. It continues to establish linkages with various government offices including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Local Government Units (LGUs), and with other Non-government Organizations (NGO’s) both in the Philippines and other countries. Trainings for the continued education and capability-building of its members have become regular activities of Ka-Entrep. From the initial 36 participants, the organization has already significantly grown its membership base to 617, as of December 2014. The task of empowering the micro entrepreneurs has started and will persist and carry on as long as there are many micro entrepreneurs whose voice have not been heard and whose welfare and rights have not been upheld and protected.
A PRO-ACTIVE and DYNAMIC micro and small entrepreneurs’ organization embodying and espousing RESPONSIBLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Ka-Entrep commits to work for the empowerment, development and strengthening of micro and small entrepreneurs by;
Interested individuals and micro entrepreneurs who want to be members of Ka-Entrep should: