Due to the pandemic, a lot of businesses in the Philippines were forced to shut down. However, the same reason compelled many to seek new ways to sell.
This was what inspired Fort Bonifacio Development Foundation (FBDFI) to launch ‘Project Buyanihan,’ which is back in operation at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
The initiative gave small social enterprises a platform to sell their products without having to think about retail space costs.
At present, eight social enterprises have been tapped for the program and have returned after Bonifacio High Street opened again after the strict lockdown.
However, precautions are still being taken as the number of people allowed to visit is still limited. If you do visit, these are the stalls you can support:
- Benguet Collective Producers
Allows upland farmers from Sablan, who were affected by the pandemic, to sell fresh produce.
- Mask For A Cause PH
Provides opportunities for women weavers across the country to gain income. It promotes handwoven masks and other cultural products from ethnic communities in the Philippines.
- Abra Indigo Manila
Similar to Mask For A Cause, Abra Indigo Manila wants to put a spotlight on indigenous cultures by promoting their products.
- Diwatang Maria
A brand that wants to address the skincare needs of Filipinos via locally produced products, which are organic and naturally sourced.
Gives farmers from San Antonio, Quezon the opportunity to earn a sustainable income from their crops for their community.
- PDL Livelihood Program
Offers arts and crafts products created by past offenders. It’s from an initiative developed by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) Livelihood Program, which aims to provide a livelihood to past offenders.
- Bacoor Collective Producers
Allows taho vendors, who were impacted by the travel restrictions, to sell their soy products.
- Homegrown Harvest
They encourage people to plant and farm at home, selling pre-planted containers, raised beds. They even offer monthly maintenance check-ins and other services to customers.
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Image credit: Project Buyunihan