Handmade by artisans in the Philippines, this eco-ethical bag is woven from upcycled cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics by artisans living in poor communities. Each one provides them with dignified and enriching work along with access to markets and the formal economy while obtaining skills-based training, financial and health training.
Details + Dimensions
18" x 18"
Meet the Maker
R2R (Rags2Riches, Inc.) is a for-profit social enterprise based in Manila, Philippines. We create eco-ethical fashion and home accessories out of upcycled scrap cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics, and by working with artisans living in the poor communities across the country. They began their mission in 2007 in Payatas, one of the Philippines’ largest urban poor communities, home to half a million people. An informal cottage industry of rug-weavers grew from the many women who found their means of earning by scavenging through dumpsites for scrap pieces of fabric. They would then turn these into handcrafted rugs and rags that they would sell, all while fulfilling their familial duties.
Over time, middlemen saw the lucrativeness of the industry and exploited it, controlling both the supply of fabric and the women’s formal access to the market. This resulted in an unfair value chain for the women who earned only PhP 12-16 per finished product, or about .30 cents USD per day. Rags2Riches was started to provide these artisans with access to the market and the formal economy, as well as with additional skills-based, financial and health training in order for them to utilize their maximum financial and personal potential. In six years, R2R has trained over 900 artisans across communities in Metro Manila and continues to expand its social impact and eco-ethical footprint in the country.