History of ECHOstore



2008
  • Opens its doors September 4 in Serendra
  • ECHOstore (Chit) wins BID Challenge for one of two Best Concepts in the Philippines.
  • Establishes distribution space at Shangri-la Hotels (Mactan and Manila)
2009
  • Launches two programs, ECHOdesign Lab and ECHOteach
  • ECHOtrio go to Rotterdam, Netherlands to compete for the BID International Challenge.
  • Launches two compaigns: Malunggay Green Kids Feeding Program (partnership with Kabisig ng Kalahi Foundation and Taguig City government)and Recycle for a Cause Program (partnerships with Philippine Airlines, Accenture and Punong Bayan and Araullo established).
  • ECHOtrio begins volunteering time to go around the country to help product development, works with the Peace and Equity Foundation’s Partner Access Centers
  • Wins the first Ayala Green Merchant Award
  • Opens second branch at Podium, Ortigas
  • Launches ECHOstore Body Basics line
2010
  • Officially launches its CSR as ECHOvillage (EVS) store, a related brand is given to NGOs, specifically, the groups of the PEF Partner Access Centers. EVS Esteban Abada store opens and later in the year, EVS Puerto Princessa opens.
  • Opens Le Bistro Vert Sustainable Foods at Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Opens ECHOyoga Community Center at Legaspi Village, Makati City
  • Opens distribution space at Marriot Hotel Cebu, NAIA Terminal 3, ADB Ortigas
  • Management Association of the Pbilippines (MAP) joins Recycle for a Cause Campaign
  • Launches ECHOstore Home Basics Line
  • ECHOfarms begins in Silang, Cavite
  • Identified by Academe (Ateneo) as case study for social entrepreneurship and included in case book
  • Jeannie invited to attend the Natural Food Expo West by the US Department of Agriculture Midwest. Chit joins her.
  • Chit invited to speak at the Vital Voices Summit in New Delhi, India; at the 7th International Women’s Leadership Conference; and the Sustainable Forum in Lille, France.
  • Jeannie invited to the Natural Food Expo in California by the US Department of Agriculture
2011
  • Chit invited to speak at the Global Women Conference in New Zealand; wins the Go Negosyo Starpreneur for Social Entrepreneurship Award and the Ernst and Yang Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines Award.
  • ECHOvillage Store Bacolod, Gensan and Baguio open, all run by NGO groups.
  • Jeannie and Chit attend the Global Summit of Women in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jeannie invited to the Natural Food Expo East in Baltimore by the Organic Trade Association of the US. Chit joins her.
  • Chit and Jeannie invited to the Global Women’s Vendor Forum in Chongqing, China
  • Opens ECHOmarket Sustainable Farms next to ECHOstore
  • Launches ECHOstore’s brand called Honest Herbs
  • Chit wins the PLDT SME Nation Go Negosyo and MVP Bossing Award
  • Chit invited to the APEC Women and Economy Summit in San Francisco; and the Women’s Economic Empowerment in Ottowa, Canada.
  • ECHOsi Foundation is launched.
Metrics 2011
  • 82 organizations and foundations
  • 131 micro-entrepreneurs
  • 3,400 products
  • 8,000 households
  • 34,420 beneficiaries
  • 16 distribution points
  • 5 echo village stores
  • 2 echostores
  • 1 advocacy
2012
  • Opens ECHOcafe which, alongside ECHOmarket completes the tri-concept of the ECHOstore flagship store in Serendra.
  • Invited to be the souvenir store in Manila Fame at the SMX
  • Invited to be the souvenir store in the Philippine Pavilion in the World Expo in Yeosu, Korea
  • Chit invited to speak in the International Women’s Conference in Bangalore, India; as panelist at the Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Conference in the US; and the Philippine side event of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
  • Jeannie invited to speak and represent Asia/SMEs/women enterprises at the UN Rio+20 Business and Industry Consultative Meeting at the Hague, Netherlands.
  • ECHOtrio attends the Global Summit of Women in Athens, Greece. Jeannie and Chit invited as panel speakers in sessions.
  • ECHOstore (Jeannie) wins as one of three finalists from the Asia Pacific region to vie in the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award in Paris, France in October
  • ECHOsi Foundation formally begins nationwide programs under the Great Women Project of the Philippine Commission for Women (PCW) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
2013