Heydilly ho, followinos! How was your Mother’s Day?
As I was considering what to get my mom this year, I thought about continuing my theme from Christmas– giving less material goods but donating to organizations on behalf of my giftees. I did still want to give something and since I’ve seen companies employing artisans in poverty-stricken areas, I wondered if there were any owned by Filipinos that I could buy (I could find some indie creators but they were more local! *sigh*).
I’ve written about Rags2Riches, but they’re based in the Philippines, so I’d have to eat the $50 shipping 😓 Vinta Gallery is based out of Canada, but their beautiful pieces weren’t exactly the small thing I could pair with something else. That’s why I was so excited to find Cambio & Co.!
Cambio & Co. is a marketplace that features brands made by Filipino artists. It was co-founded by Filipino-Canadian, Gelaine, with her partner, Jérôme. They also created ChooseSocial.PH, a directory for socially conscious businesses in the Philippines. While ChooseSocial has a much longer list, it is more for if you’re already in the country 😁 Cambio & Co. is able to bring such businesses to more of the world.
What I appreciate about Cambio & Co. are its commitments to empowerment and ethical production. Materials are locally-sourced, they look for dignified pay and working conditions, and minimizing environmental harm. This is undoubtedly meaningful for a nation of over 7000 islands and so impacted by climate change.
The site currently offers jewelry and bags to select regions. Products are very aesthetiqué, but I would still check out the brands for whatever you’re buying first. The whole reason I’m doing this is to support my people, not white missionaries from Idaho.
I found out about Cambio & Co. a little too late and just ending up cooking for my mom 😅 Although there’s honestly no shortage of needing a gift, right? Gosh, it’s like everyone has a birthday or something! Or you’re like me and just want an Olivia & Diego piece for yourself…
Now that I’ve shared the directory, should I make posts for each brand?
What did you do for Mother’s Day?