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The Dare Merci Foundation drives change by inspiring a new breed of social entrepreneurs and consumers to support products that mirror who they are and who they aspire to be.

Disrupting business one at a time. With kindness.

A better way of doing good 

Anything you buy supports something. Everyday you have a choice to either support a multinational company that exploits people and the environment, or buy products that observe fair trade, are cruelty-free and help ease social sufferings. If we can make better products and share the stories behind them in a way that make our buyers feel better about themselves too, then we can do this world more good.

Shoda Ladero, Founder of Dare Merci Foundation

A Better Way
About Us

About Us

What We Do

 We inspire future leaders 

By exposing dreamers to the works of successful social entrepreneurs who renew their sense of purpose and focus not  just on profits but with the number of lives they transform, we hope to inspire the creation of more businesses that link us to a larger purpose.


 We innovate with you 

By adopting an ‘open source’ philosophy that allow our consumers to co-create our products, we can communicate our story in a more meaningful way to everyone.  

 We invest all throughout 

We provide advice, networking assistance, access to capital, marketing expertise and other valuable assets to the most promising young social entrepreneurs in the country today.


 We celebrate the ordinary 

By sharing the stories of ordinary Filipino changemakers to a bigger audience, we use the power of influence to inspire the creation of more businesses that are in-sync with what our country needs most right now. One that is empathic, innovative, and uplifting.

Our Values

The following core values guide our purpose and action



Help us make the world a kinder and gentler place. Whatever your background or situation is, there are many opportunities to get involved and be a part of our Dare Merci Foundation community!



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How We Work


By offering several routes, we are providing opportunities for everyone to explore their creativity and innovation in the field of social entrepreneurship

Our Founder

Our Founder


As founder and President of Youthopia Activation Specialist Inc. and 212 Degrees Event Management Inc, SHODA LADERO, has developed and executed some of the biggest marketing campaigns for leading consumer and entertainment companies in the country. To date, her group of companies has grown into one of the biggest players in the direct-to-consumer marketing industry and has given jobs to more than 10,000 Filipinos nationwide.


She graduated Cum Laude with a degree in BS Business Economics. She was also Top 10 in her class in Masters in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Our Work


Search For The Philippines' Next Top Social Entrepreneur 2021

Our Work
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