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Weaving joyful stories | R2R Artisan Community Visit in Tondo, Philippines

Rags2Riches (R2R) is a fashion house empowering community artisans through the creation of eco-ethical products by using upcycled, overstocked, and indigenous fabrics. The involvement of local artisans in the production process is driven through an inclusive manufacturing and governance process, ensuring local artisans have a say in the company’s decisions. Rags2Riches also provides educational opportunities for their artisans to acquire financial literacy skills, hosts a microinsurance scheme for their artisans to rest easy with safety nets, and creates full-time jobs for communities across the Philippines. Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, who is the co-founder and President of R2R, emphasizes how they formed the enterprise as a way to help communities in places like Tondo and Payatas in the Philippines to lift themselves out...

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