“Fashion has the power to change lives and perceptions. If fashion is one of the biggest problems, it can also be one of the biggest solutions.”


For context, more on the article: "On the outskirts of Manila in Payatas, residents live alongside a landfill site. In one of the biggest areas for urban poverty in the country, people have typically earned money from selling and recycling the junk left at the waste site. But local people, especially mothers who wanted to work from home in order to care for their children, began weaving materials and rugs for sale. Their burgeoning industry was exploited by middlemen who controlled their access to the market and drove down their earnings — then Rags2Riches (R2R) stepped in. Founded by a group of young professionals, including now president Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, it has trained more than 1,000 artisans across the Philippines since it started in 2007 to help them bring their products to market and get a fair price for their work. Reese has been recognised as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur."

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