here is an important excerpt from this article found at http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=672643
Unknown to many, the original silver bags made from fruit juice doy labels were made by residents of a Gawad Kalinga (GK) community in Sunshineville, Parañaque City as part of their sustainable livelihood program.
Today, the ubiquitous bags are seen not only in the arms of fashionistas in the Philippines but has also reached the fashion capital of Paris and other countries.
The bags are just one of the many products that GK residents in various GK communities are doing for their livelihood programs. GK believes that providing sustainable livelihood programs to the poor is just as important as giving them decent homes.
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GKonomics is a GK partner in social enterprise development. We are building a new generation of producers and a new economy where no one is left behind.
GKonomics International, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization which seeks to find and support social entrepreneurs who will produce world-class products and services in the Philippines in partnership with Gawad Kalinga communities.
GKonomics envisions a prosperous Philippines where no citizen is in need, creating wealth by providing world-class products and services in partnership with the poor.
GKonomics is building a new generation of producers.
Our mission is to build a culture of productivity in GK communities by helping build enterprises that will make the Philippines a country of world-class products and services that does not leave the poor behind.
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