Philippines


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Saffy Handicrafts

Saffy stands for Social Action for Filipino Youth.  Saffy Handicrafts is the business export arm of SAFRUDI, the Social Action Foundation for Rural and Urban Development, a social services organization.  SAFRUDI markets products for many small artisan workshops, and runs its own production unit specializing in capiz shell items.  Artisans benefit from educational seminars, vocational training, financial and medical assistance.  Saffy was founded in 1966 by Sr. Juliaan Mullie, a Belgian nun, to create alternative sources of livelihood for impoverished women and youth.  It expanded to serve communities in need by launching social development programs. 

 

Community Crafts Association 

The Community Crafts Association of the Philippines is one of the oldest fair-trade organizations in the Philippines.  Since 1973, CCAP has been marketing handicrafts for marginalized Filipino artisans.  CCAP assists community-based enterprises to become effectively organized and self-reliant by providing them with training programs, organizational development and markets for their products.  The artisans use locally sourced fibers like bamboo, coconut, and other grasses to weave their quality products.  

 
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Sanctuary Spring

Sanctuary Spring's cards are handcrafted by women who have escaped prostitution in the Philippines.  The sale of their cards sustains programs that assist the women in their restoration processes while also enabling them to provide food and education for their siblings and children.  With limited job options in the Philippines Sanctuary Springs is a critical lifeline that provides safe, dignifying, and empowering work. 

 
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Eighth Wonder

Eighth Wonder is a fair trade enterprise dedicated to supporting the indigenous culture, revitalizing the historic high-elevation terraces and ecosystem, and keeping rare heirloom rice varieties.  They work with various farmers in the famed mountain terraces of the Philippines.