Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Social Responsibility |
July 15 is when United Nations celebrates World Youth Skills Day. Employee Engagement - CSR and MicroMissions partnered with Rags2Riches, Inc. – a social enterprise that was established in 2007 and contributed immensely to alleviate poverty in Payatas, Quezon City. R2R works with men and women from these poor communities to increase their levels of income and bring them out of poverty. They are in the business of sharing positive influence and partnering with groups (private and public) and individuals who share their values. Hence, they provide weaving workshops to share their passion and creativity, aside from generating additional income for the artisans.
In line with this day, 18 volunteers spent a productive and fulfilling Saturday with the artisan mentors of Rags2Riches. MicroSourcing employees got to know all about R2R and how the company, from its humble beginnings in Payatas, now employs 900 artisans whose craft is recognized by some of the Philippines' top designers including Rajo Laurel, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, and Kenneth Cobonpue, to name a few.
Matt Pardinas, R2R's Sales and Marketing Manager, together with six of the best–skilled artisans taught and guided everyone how to weave (step-by-step) and how to do it well. The fabric strips even require a certain tension to make a good product. This is a unique experience as one got to learn the proper way of weaving using simple tools and materials, as well as some tricks of the trade.
After weaving, the volunteers got to practice their crocheting and sewing skills to finish each of their beautiful products.
Looking at it, the whole process is very simple but if one would put years of experience, skill, patience, and creativity together - the results are high quality and world-class products that we can see on R2R's lineup: https://rags2riches.ph/.
If you were inspired by our experience, please join us on our next MicroMissions' activity.