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Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation

Social Themes

  • Employment Opportunities
  • Income Enhancement

Target Group

  • Disabled
  • Impoverished

Environmental Themes

  • Recycling
Makati, Philippines
Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation is a social enterprise that provides business solutions to livelihood producers from marginalized and disadvantaged communities, particularly through product development, marketing, and capability building.
Social Impact 
Increased self-esteem
Community teamwork
Improved quality of life
Financial Impact 
Increased incomes for producers
Support for micro-entrepreneurship and NGOs
Environmental Impact 
Reduce the waste that goes into landfills
Reduce pressure on non-renewable resources
Increased awareness of public through products
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Background and Business Description

NGOs, Cooperatives, and People’s Organizations set up livelihood programs to help their beneficiaries earn additional income. In most cases however, these organizations lack the human, technical, and financial resources to run a successful livelihood program. In addition, livelihood products are difficult to market due to poor quality and unreliable production capacity.

 Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation recognized these challenges and seeks to assist these groups with business solutions.  They specifically provide assistance with product development and market access while at the same time building the capabilities within these groups. Organized in 2006, Gifts and Graces has since grown in terms of number of partner communities, clients, and sales.

 To help build the capabilities of its partners, Gifts and Graces has partnered with institutions such as the UP Department of Industrial Engineering and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. Volunteers also help with Partners  Conferences and other activities. Recently Gifts and Graces hosted an intern from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California as well as a young professional through the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD).

 In order to grow, Gifts and Graces will need funding to improve its facilities, automate its accounting and other processes, as well as step up marketing, product development, and capability building.

Partnerships 
Philippine Development Foundation
Ayala Foundation
Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD)
UP Department of Industrial Engineering
Hands on Manila
PinoyME Foundation
Philiippine Business for Social Progress (BiD Challenge)
University of the Pacific in Stockton, California
Global Social Benefit Incubator of Santa Clara University, California
Status 
Seeking to open first retail store in 2011 as a proof of concept.