Is it possible to help make a difference while making a profit? Social entrepreneur and eco-warrior Krie Lopez does exactly that with “Messy Bessy,” a brand of natural, biodegradable household cleaners. These green products are made by the youth of H.O.U.S.E., which stands for Helping Ourselves through Sustainable Enterprises. Krie started H.O.U.S.E. to give educational and vocational opportunities to young adults who have suffered from poverty or abuse.

After finishing a degree in mechanical engineering, Krie spent several years in the corporate world. One of her jobs was handling the CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives of a well-known company. Her experience with CSR and her desire to make the world a better place led her to launch “Messy Bessy” in 2007. A joyful mother of two, Krie takes time from her maternity leave to share her amazing journey with us in this interview. Listen and be inspired by Krie’s story in this two-part interview!

Mike Grogan and Krie Lopez of Messy Bessy

In part 1 of this interview, Mike and Krie discussed the following:

  • What gives Krie joy and inspiration.
  • The realities facing disadvantaged youth in the Philippines.
  • Real stories of how a social enterprise can improve the lives of disadvantaged youth.
  • The secret to motivating disadvantaged youth.
  • Why it is important to teach good work ethics to young people.
  • How Krie defines success.
  • Advice for dealing with adversity and broken trust.

In part 2 of this interview, Mike and [insert guest name] discuss the following:

Quotable Quotes:

Here are some memorable quotes from Krie and others that were mentioned in this episode.

  • I’m not any more noble than the dancer who wants to dance, or the architect who wants to design buildings. I just want to do what I’m doing.
  • Poor people are bonsai people. There is nothing wrong with their seeds. Only society never gave them a base to grow on. – Muhammad Yunus
  • Perfect the seed first. Keep your program, your social enterprise small, perfect it. If it works that way, then it’s easier to create a bigger impact.
  • Look for gratitude, always.
  • You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. – Steve Jobs
  • Be true to yourself because that’s where you will become happy and you will thrive.

Your turn!

What’s the one thing from this interview that inspires or empowers you to go further, faster? Share it in the comment section below!

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