Social enterprise matches displaced, jobless mothers with household cleaning jobs


Posted at Dec 08 2017 05:54 PM

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MANILA - This social enterprise is helping poor mothers earn a living by matching them with households who are in need of cleaning services.

With Happy Helpers, beneficiaries can earn from cleaning homes for five to six hours a day, its founder Maan Sicam told ANC’s Market Edge with Cathy Yang. 

“I lived outside the country, I came back three years ago, I’m thinking of living my expat life when I came back to have someone come to your house once or twice a week,” she said.

“I was looking for this service and when I did not find one, might as well start one,” she added.

Next year, Sicam plans to expand in other cities to provide a source of income for more displaced mothers and poor families.

“Local government coordination and support is very, very important for us because they are the ones who advertise for our happy helpers for us to be able to recruit our happy helpers,” Sicam said. 

Happy Helpers was recognized as one of BPI Foundation's Top 10 Sinag Entrepreneurs this year.

“It was a very easy choice for us. With Happy Helpers, these mothers were able to still take care of their children at home and work around 5 to 6 hours and earn a decent living to help their families,” BPI Foundation Executive Director Maricris San Diego told ABS CBN News.