5 Ways Jean Henri Lhuillier Has Uplifted the Lives of Filipinos

Jean Henri Lhuillier, popularly known as JHL, wears many hats.  Business magnate, sports patron, philanthropist, among others.  Through all of these, he has positively impacted the lives of millions of Filipinos.  Here are the Top 5 Ways JHL has helped uplift the lives of Filipinos:

1. By successfully transforming Cebuana Lhuillier as the leading microfinance provider

Throughout the years, JHL has re-engineered Cebuana Lhuillier from being a pawnshop to what is it today, the largest and leading microfinance institution in the country with more than 3500 branches.  Its core products and services such as pawning, money transfer and insurance have helped millions of Filipinos for more than 3 decades provide for their loved ones and achieve financial wellness.

“We constantly innovate and improve our products to tailor fit the needs of our Ka-Cebuanas.  I’ve always believed that if we give people good financial options, they are capable of making smart decisions financially”

2. As “Chief Iponaryo” and “Investment Guru”

Not one to rest on his laurels,  Lhuillier continues to spearhead innovations in Cebuana Lhuillier, always making sure their clients are given the best possible products and services.  On top of offering pawning, money transfer and insurance products,   Cebuana Lhuillier has now made savings and investment accessible  to the unbanked and underbanked market through JHL’s brainchild products:  micro-savings, jewelry selling and micro-investment.

Thru the micro-savings product, Cebuana Lhuillier has addressed the pain points of the masses in opening a savings account by offering low start-up amount, lesser documents and no maintaining balance. Add to that is the accessibility to 3500 Cebuana Lhuillier branches and the extensive efforts of the company to teach people the value of savings through various activations, leading up to what is now known as the Iponaryo Movement with more than 7M accounts holders with JHL as the Chief Iponaryo.

Through JHL’s ideas, Cebuana Lhuillier has enabled Filipinos to gain access to affordable investment through jewelry selling and micro-investment.   With JHL leading the way in encouraging and teaching people the value of investing in gold, Cebuana Lhuillier has opened up the possibility of investing through its numerous daily FB Live selling, selling in Cebuana Lhuillier branches, website and marketplaces.

“I believe that people should graduate from being reliant on bridge financing to being able to save for their future and  ultimately be able to invest. That’s why in Cebuana Lhuillier, we make sure we help our clients in their financial wellness journey.”

3. As Main Proponent of the Ka Negosyo Center

There’s no stopping JHL from changing people’s lives for the better. A successful businessman himself, he believes in the power of helping the MSME sector, hence his idea of the Ka Negosyo Center (KNC).

Launched last June 2023 with no less than President Bongbong Marcos in attendance,  KNC is a one-stop business shop whose mission is to help Filipinos fulfill their dreams of owning a business and  achieve success by providing  solutions and services to help people start and grow their businesses.  KNC is able to do this through providing assistance with regards to documentation like permits,  coaching videos on relevant topics such as business 101, sales and marketing, finance and legal, among others as well as offering products needed to start and grow a business like loans, micro-savings and insurance.

JHL declares: “We need to make it easier for people to start and expand their business.  And KNC is all about that.”

4. Jean Henri Lhuillier As a Long-Time Softball and Tennis Patron

Lhuillier is known for his commitment to grassroots sports development and for bolstering the country’s national teams of both softball and tennis.

Lhuillier’s first foray in supporting tennis development in the Philippines started way back in 1998 with the staging of a series of  Cebuana Lhuillier Men’s Tennis Open tournaments. He has helped develop tennis in the Philippines through such grassroots program as the Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group tennis which has consistently held more than 50 tournaments nationwide for more than a decade already.  From these tournaments rose the likes of future national team members like Francis Casey Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon.

He has also been a staunch supporter of the national team having been a team manager numerous times of both the Davis Cup and Southeast Asian Games national teams. JHL has been supporting the individual international campaigns of  current top tennis players Ruben Gonzales and Francis Casey Alcantara helping all of them reach their highest world rankings in both singles and doubles. JHL also stands as president of the Unified Tennis Philippines (UTP) for 7 years now.

Meanwhile, as president of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) for 17 years already, Lhuillier has been responsible for the resurgence of the sport of softball.

ASAPHIL, under the leadership of Lhuillier has been conducting tournaments such as the annual Summer Grand Slam National Open, Batang Pinoy, Palarong Pambansa, Philippine National Games among others.  They have also been active conducting softball clinics for all stakeholders: players, coaches and even tournament officials.

With Lhuillier at the helm, the RP Blu Girls and Blu Boys have been performing extremely well in internal competitions. This year 2023 has been a huge year for Philippine Softball in the international arena.  No less than 4 Cebuana-Lhuillier backed national teams  qualified for the World Cup.

5. Jean Henri Lhuiller As Chief Proponent of the Education Advocacy

JHL is a staunch believer in education. As the head of the Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation Inc. (CLFI) he has helped make education more accessible to those who need it through donation of classrooms, learning centers, conference rooms, and buildings to be utilized for furthering learning. Following the personal philosophy of its President and CEO, Jean Henri Lhuillier which is to “Always Love Schooling”, part of CLFI’s major thrust in education is the implementation of the Alternative Learning System or ALS along with three other initiatives that emphasize further the value of education; Nationwide Scholarship Program, Spiritual and Social Enhancement Program, and Special Projects on Education.

“I am a firm believer in the value of education and continuous learning.  I have even come up with a different meaning for ALS – Always Love Schooling.” -JHL

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