Small businesses—the so-called micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) account for 99.6 percent of the nearly one million businesses in the country. They employ 61.6 percent of the total number of employed.

Small businesses are one of the hardest-hit sectors by the coronavirus crisis.

  • Jorge Wieneke, co-founder of the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc (AFFI)

In the past few months, a lot of small businesses were struggling to produce an income due to the lack of customers because of the quarantine/lockdown. As a result, business owners have struggled to pay for their employees resulting in a lot of Filipinos getting laid off.

The PH Government created a law which is Bayanihan Heal as One Act granting the President additional authority to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. However, there is no scheme under the Bayanihan Heal as One Act to help small businesses, which make up 99.6 percent of all enterprises.

This is where Rise Juan comes in. Rise Juan creates an opportunity for small businesses to make an income through campaigns. Businesses can create a campaign that helps communities and groups by offering their own products which will be funded by donors.

What it does

  1. Businesses create a campaign to donate their products to their community of choice.
  2. Donors can contribute through monetary donations to campaigns.
  3. Campaign donations not only help communities in need but also helps local businesses sell and promote their products.

How we built it

Frontend: React (CRA)

Authentication: Auth0 Backend: Node.js

Framework: Nest.js Database: MongoDB Atlas


Frontend: Vercel Now Backend: DigitalOcean Storage bucket: Filestack

Challenges we ran into

We had some difficulties with deployment and payment integration.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We're able to finish the project and learn new things along the way. At the same time, we've managed to come up with an idea that will help small businesses and the community to rise amidst the pandemic.

What we learned

We realized the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the small businesses and the community. We've learned fancy techs as a bonus.

What's next for Rise Juan

We're connecting to the local small businesses and community for possible early adopters. We hope to

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