Filipino social enterprise Rags2Riches (R2R) is keeping artisans employed while providing PPEs and meals for COVID 19 frontliners.
The company has been supporting local artisans since 2007 with the idea that fashion design can be both sustainable and meaningful. Even with the coronavirus disease pandemic, they have exemplified this vision by providing for frontliners, communities, and artisans.
Things That Matter, the Rags2Riches online marketplace and positivity showroom, posted about the good deeds that keep the company running during the economic slowdown.
R2R has funneled profits from their Sol fashion collection, Mother’s Day 2020 Sale, and digital Starting Point Journal into cash or goods donations to provide PPEs, meals, and other necessities for frontliners.
The June 4, 2020, report shares that R2R artisans have so far produced 15,088 reusable and upcycled face masks and filters. The production provides the masks to non-medical frontliners as R2R encourages them to use these masks to allow medical workers access to scarce N95s for protection on the job.
All of R2R’s artisans are fully salaried even under the community quarantine, even when a fraction of them are without access to their supplies and tools while at home. This bit of news is inspiring at a time when employees are losing their jobs under the economic strain brought on by the pandemic.
Check out the Rags2Riches products here.
R2R has established itself in numerous communities, providing employment and revenue to seamstresses and weavers, and empowering their workers financially. They sell fashionable and eco-ethical products, and the Things That Matter page is a marketplace for like-minded brands.
People are also buying stylish Ifugao-weave face masks to support the Ifugao community and their art.
SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Rags2Riches for keeping artisans at work while helping frontliners.
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