Designed by Arañador and handcrafted by the residents of the PLDT-Smart Amazing Gawad Kalinga Village in Sooc, Arevalo District in Iloilo City, these bags are one of the outputs of Project Zero – a joint project of Smart, Arañador and Gawad Kalinga.
We called it Project Zero because it all started with nothing but a stock room full of used tarpaulin billboards and banners,” said Arañador. “And by using zero electricity and leaving behind zero waste, we managed to create green products that will help support the livelihood of the Gawad Kalinga residents in Sooc.”
The product launching was held at Arañador’s Nautilus Shop at D’Mall in Boracay, Aklan, where the products are now available to the island’s visitors and foreign tourists. Soon, the bags will be available in Gawad Kalinga’s GKonomics show rooms in key places across the country.
“When we started our partnership with Gawad Kalinga, we gave homes to several families in Sooc but did not stop there. We did not just build homes, we helped them build livelihood,” said Darwin Flores, Smart’s senior manager for Community Partnerships.
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