Supporting Philippine-made products not only helps our economy become a little more independent from foreign investors. Small-scale businesses and cottage industries help the masses rise from their poverty and become self-sufficient producers instead of relying on charity.
Kape Isla at the Serendra Piazza now shares space with the EchoStore, the first sustainable lifestyle store in the country. ECHO stands for Environmental and Community Hope Organization, and it is also a social enterprise retailer that sells handicrafts and other products made by the disenfranchised sectors of the Philippines. The concept for the EchoStore was put together by Reena Francisco of the Figaro Foundation, Jeannie Javelosa, Board of Trustee Member of the Yuchengco Museum, and Chit Juan, co-chair of the Philippine Coffee Board. Through the EchoStore, marginalized people like the families of the Payatas dumpsite, women’s groups, cultural communities, and prisoners slowly improve their lives by manufacturing unique and eco-friendly Philippine products.
The EchoStore is a great stopover if you’re looking to buy Filipino goodies to give out as pasalubong to visitors or relatives abroad. Buy these food products also benefit food-producing agricultural communities and their families.
You will also find handmade body products made out of coconut, oatmeal, shea butter, mango extract, and cinnamon.
Zen is well-known for their coconut oil and herb-based body products.
All ingredients are 100% organic, and each product is free from harmful components like petroleum and lanolin.
The Second Life brand carries recycled and environmentally-friendly products made by single mothers and widows from urban poor community. The 1,500 beneficiaries of the Correctional Institute for Women also have their handicrafts available at the EchoStore. Each female convict earns money from the institute so they can pay for prison amenities like hot water, snacks, and medical treatment. Their work in the institute also gives them useful skills that will make them employable once they leave prison.
Through the Rags 2 Riches Foundation, Filipino women from Payatas are able to support their children and family members by weaving laptop bags, pencil cases, and even yoga mats using scrap cloth and rags. There are now 100 women who make these products and benefit from the foundation.
Disadvantaged youths from the Virlani Foundation are employed by Messy Bessy, a company that specializes in environment-friendly household cleaning items. The beneficiaries of the foundation are taught accounting, sales, and manufacturing.
Relax the body and mind using aromatherapy products and essential oils from Amu’in.
Kape Isla and the EchoStore is located at the Serendra Piazza (facing Market! Market!) at Fort Bonifacio Global City.