Quezon City is distinguished by its dumpsite, which serves as the largest open
dumpsite in the Philippines. Those who
belong in the very poor families resides in this place where scavenging is the primary
source of income.
corporation together with influential Filipino and international designers made
a collaboration to uplift the lives of the people living there. In 2007, Rags2Riches, Inc. (R2R)who was founded
by its President, Therese Fernandez from Greenhills, Quezon City had thought to
use eco-ethical materials like upcycled scrap cloth and fabric, organic materials,
and indigenious fabrics coming from the dumpsite of Payatas. People hired to do such products are from Payatas
who are trained to be artisans for R2R, and are also given financial and health
trainings in order for them to utilize their personal potential.
R2R serves as
an informal cottage industry of rug weavers trained by them. Their product focuses in fashion handbags and
home accessories. And as today, they have a total of 200
workers, 81% of which are women and 19% are men.
continuously serve the poor families of Payatas, R2R needs working capital to
be used in production, purchase of scrap fabrics, and labor.