Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation, Inc.
Gifts & Graces is a foundation that was created to bridge the gap between artisan communities and possible customers. We promote products made by active underprivileged communities throughout the Philippines. We help the communities tweak their products by designing them to be a little more trendy, and sell them at our stores, kiosks, and bazaars.
We help our partner communities by making use of Fair Trade practices. We do this by making sure our partners are upright individuals and organisations. To make sure they are able to work, we give them a downpayment for production so that they can use that to buy their raw materials. We also make sure that we are very transparent and open with our partner communities when it comes to discussions about the products.
Our main objective is to give a "hand up, not a hand out" to these communities. This means that instead of simply giving donations, we partner up with these communities and create a sustainable livelihood by marketing their products to a bigger crowd. We also empower them to be more creative and design and sell other products even outside our partnership, so that some day, they can work even on their own.