BUTUAN City, PH, February 06 — Salay Handmade Products Industries, Inc., the Salay, Misamis Oriental-based medium-sized enterprise that is currently being assisted by the COSERAM-IP4Biodiv Project, has been chosen one of the finalists in the Lush Spring Prize 2018.
The company popularly known as Salay Handmade or SHAPII is a manufacturer and converter of handmade paper products made of indigenous materials like abaca. GIZ-COSERAM assisted Salay Handmade to obtain World Fair Trade Certification and to expand and diversify its markets.
Established in 1987 by 10 civic-minded people led by Dr. Reynaldo Rafisura and Loreta Rafisura to address the unemployment and poverty brought about by the insurgency that affected the community, SHAPII has given opportunities to hundreds of disadvantaged producers to pursue decent livelihood in paper making, greeting cards designing and production of novelty items using pressed local flowers, among others, while relying on local talents to create its own art.
If selected winner in the Established Projects Category of this year’s competition, Salay Handmade Products Industries, Inc. will receive £25,000, which the company’s general manager, Neil Rafisura, said will help in the wider promotion of abaca in the Municipality of Salay as well as help support their foundation’s scholarship program.
The Lush Spring Prize is an international prize fund given to organizations, businesses or projects that are engaged in generating renewable resources, restoring ecosystems, nurturing solidarity and building health, wholeness and resilience.
The Prize was established in 2016 by Ethical Consumer Magazine and Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, both UK-based companies that are in the forefront of making global businesses sustainable through ethical practices. Both companies strongly believed that they can help increase access to resources, information and skills to build alternatives to the dominant culture of degeneration by raising awareness of regeneration and its potentials through the Prize.
The annual £200,000 prize fund is open to communities, organizations and businesses that are working to revive damaged social and natural environments and want to share what they are doing to inspire and inform others.
Note: All photos were grabbed from the SHAPII Facebook page. Used with permission.