Over the last 13 years, here's our impact to date:
Our Business Model:
A truly inclusive end-to-end social enterprise.
We’re intentional about creating a super integrated, opportunity-providing social enterprise from the beginning. This is what we have in our supply chain––for now!
Our supply chain is driven by our two principles on design and governance:
Principle 1: Collaborative, Market-driven & Artisan-considerate Design Approach
Our design team is comprised of our product development team, sales and marketing team, supply chain team, and our advocates! Design in R2R isn’t a department. It’s a way of doing things and is a tool for creativity, compassion, and excellence.
Principle 2: Inclusive Decision-making & Governance
Our artisans are represented in our management team and board! We believe that in order to truly change things, we can’t monopolize the conversations and decisions that affect so many.
Opening opportunities for livelihood is not enough; we have to open the opportunities to decision-making and governance.
1. Community Sourcing
We want our products to last for a really long time, so we scour the country and other parts of the world for the best materials. We also consciously choose other artisan-created materials. We love working with other social enterprises who provide livelihood and opportunities to more local artisan and Indigenous communities!
2. Community-based Weaving
A big and constant part of our design is the signature R2R weave. Our community artisans weave these and since most of them are mothers, we’ve created a unique system that allows them to work from their homes. Every quarter, we collect and collate the “commitment hours” of each artisan and translate these into products and job orders.
3. Centralized Production & Assembly Workshop
Our in-house workshop artisans are experts in creating top notch products out of delicate artisan materials. We put together our materials, artisan-woven panels, and community-sourced materials in our in-house workshop, where another group of artisans sew and assemble them into bags and more fashion and home accessories.
4. Sustainable Market Access
We have our own brick and mortar stores, an online store, and stockists from the Philippines and some parts of the world like Anthropologie (US & EU), K’ness (Switzerland), A Bag with a Story (BENELUX), and American Nomad. We’re also proud partners with Cambio & Co., an ethical fashion company building bridges between Filipinos in the diaspora and the Philippines.
5. Creative, Compassionate & Empowering Storytelling
Our artisans aren’t just workers who manufacture things. They’re storytellers and makers of culture. We make sure to integrate our artisans into our R2R brand and narrative, and involve them in conversations about how they want to be represented.
Aside from providing a sustainable livelihood for the community artisans we partner with, we also created the following programs with them. Our process is participatory and there are lots of ideas here that came from our community partners.