AKABA Ltd. Design Co.
About the organization
AKABA is a social enterprise known for their production of bags made of Filipino indigenous handwoven textiles. They work with weaving cooperatives to train and employ artisans from impoverished communities. The focus on indigenous handwoven textiles is very important for them since they want to create high quality products that help to promote Filipino culture around the world.
While they are famous for their knapsack and duffle bag, their objectives is to develop a large selection of products that are made of indigenous handwoven textiles.
They have won the "Be The Next GKonomist 2014" award by GKonomics and the "I Am A Changemaker 2014" award given by the British Council in the Philippines.
Want to buy their products?
AKABA Ltd. Design Co. products are available in North America on Cambio Market, our online marketplace for socially responsible products.
Retail & Ecommerce
Fair Trade, Filipino handcrafts, Jewelry, bags & accessories
What makes it a social enterprise?
AKABA is 100% committed to sustainable practices and fair trade principles, offers above-the-minimum wages, and uses only ethically and responsibly sourced raw materials. Every purchase of AKABA bags provides steady income to the artisans and supports livelihood projects in impoverished communities.
They work with weavers from indigenous groups in Ilocos and other regions of the Philippines and the weavers' family receive health care and assistance to finance their education.
Their long term social goal is to teach and provide the skills for those communities to organize themselves as cooperative and work with them as partner. This would allow them to sell their work to more than one partner and not have to solely rely on AKABA for their work.
What is its social cause?Employment development & skills training, Entrepreneurship & local business development, Rural development
Who does it impact?Rural Communities, Aboriginal / Indigenous groups, Low-income individuals
Resources to learn more about AKABA Ltd. Design Co.
[GKonomics] - Akaba
[Entrepreneur] - AKABA: From a group project to a fast-growing lifestyle company
[Cambio Market] - AKABA, the ambitious brand that’s bringing Filipino innovation to the world