About the organization
Tejo produces colourful hand woven bracelets created entirely by mothers from underprivileged communities in Paranaque City. Founded by Gabrielle Marie A. Cruz in 2013, the founder wanted a way to give back to her community after receiving a scholarship to go to university while also creating a business that would sustain itself. Tejo means "I weave" in Spanish.
Retail & Ecommerce
Filipino handcrafts, Jewelry, bags & accessories
What makes it a social enterprise?
Tejo works with livelihood partners to provide a fair income to mothers from underprivileged communities. Tejo trains those mothers on how to weave the bracelets, which allows them to get paid for each piece that is hand-made. The income provided by their work helps those women to pay for their child's education and other household expenses. Some of those women were previously on a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program from the government, their work with Tejo helped them to no longer rely on this government's program.
What is its social cause?Employment development & skills training, Poverty eradication
Who does it impact?Women, Low-income individuals
Resources to learn more about Tejo
MegStreetWear - Social Enterprise: Tejo
AVA - AVA loves Philippine-made! Be inspired by the stories of Tejo Threads and Sustainably Made