Kandama Social Enterprise

 

Kandama is a social enterprise founded by Victor Baguilat Jr. in 2016. It was incubated under the Young Social Entrepreneurs Program of the Singapore International Foundation. Its mission includes providing economic opportunities to indigenous women, preserving the tradition of handloom weaving, and helping the community protect the environment that sustains the rice terraces, specifically in Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao. 

Kandama organized women of Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao to start their organization of weavers. Since its inception, it has established three weaving centers, conducted five workshops on weaving in collaboration with the Philippine Textile and Research Institute (PTRI) and two workshops on community development and women empowerment in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). In addition, Kandama has also donated at least fifteen upright looms and more than one thousand kilograms of threads to indigenous women to jumpstart their livelihood as weavers. 

As a social enterprise, Kandama applies commercial strategies to make its social impact sustainable. As such, it co-creates with the weavers in making artisanal garments that appeal to the global market. Kandama connects the weavers to the global market by participating in trade shows and by showcasing its products in global fashion shows in New York, Paris, Melbourne and Hong Kong, among many others.

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