About the organization
Rags2Riches is a social enterprise that creates eco-ethical fashion and home accessories out of recycled scrap cloth, organic materials, and indigenous fabrics by working with artisans (mostly women) living in poor communities across the country.
RIIR pieces fuse timeless silhouettes with a selection of traditional and contemporary artisanal techniques. Each piece illustrates the tactile richness of different handmade textures as well as the artful interpretations of the lives and values of the artisans.
Retail & Ecommerce
Green products, Jewelry, bags & accessories, Home & décor
What makes it a social enterprise?
Rags2Riches partners with artisans from all over the Philippines, and was created to provide these artisans with fair access to the market and the formal economy, as well as with additional skills-based, financial, and health training so they can maximize their career potential and take steps towards long-term financial and personal well-being.
What is its social cause?Employment development & skills training, Entrepreneurship & local business development, Poverty eradication
Who does it impact?Women, Low-income individuals
Resources to learn more about Rags2Riches
[Huffington post] What It Takes to Be a Social Entrepreneur - An Interview With Rags2Riches
[Philippine Daily Inquirer] Payatas-based Rags2Riches wins US enterprise award
[Cambio & Co.] Interview With A Trailblazer: How Reese Fernandez-Ruiz Built Rags2Riches Into A Leading Eco-Ethical Brand