About the organization
Gourmet Keso is a social enterprise that was born out of the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. They work with residents of Gawad Kalinga communities to produce only the freshest, most delicious, and all-natural cheeses in the Philippines. All products are made of local and natural ingredients and are free of preservatives. The cheeses are even enjoyed by Gawad Kalinga’s cheese-loving French interns, and the brand is affectionally referred to as “French-approved cheese.”
Gourmet Keso’s product line includes:
- Fresh Carabao’s Milk bottles
- Kesong Puti (Wrapped in banana leaves)
- Fresh Goat cheese
- Fresh Goat Cheese with Garlic and Fresh Herbs
- Fresh Goat Cheese with Cashews and Truffle Salt
- Feta in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Feta in brine
Pre-prepared cheese platters
Gourmet Keso products can be purchased at the Enchanted Farm Cafe, and can be pre-ordered by email and picked up the following week.
Food and beverage services
Food production and/or distribution
What makes it a social enterprise?
Gourmet Keso proudly employs and partners with residents from Gawad Kalinga communities (areas that are traditionally underprivileged and low-income) in order to develop and build sustainable livelihoods. They also support subsistence carabao farmers to earn stable revenue by producing and selling higher-end carabao products, leading to long-term profitability and growth rather than instant profit.
The organization emerged out of Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm, which serves as a village university, social tourism destination, and incubator of social enterprises. By supporting Gourmet Keso, you also support Gawad Kalinga - an organization committed to achieving its 2024 goal of ending poverty by providing housing, creating sustainable livelihoods, and developing uniquely Filipino social enterprises that will transform rural villages into strong and lasting communities.
What is its social cause?Entrepreneurship & local business development, Poverty eradication, Rural development
Who does it impact?Rural Communities, Women, Low-income individuals
Resources to learn more about Gourmet Keso
[WomenWorld] Winning Cases in the Courtroom and on the Farm
[Our Awesome Planet] Gourmet Keso's Chevre Goat Cheese from GK Enchanted Farm
[Market Manila] Gourmet Keso