Who we are
Tejo is a Philippine social enterprise founded in 2013 by Gabrielle Marie A. Cruz,
a graduate of the Master of Science in Management (MScM) Program of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P). With the belief that beautiful things can happen when people are given the opportunity and a little push, the idea of Tejo was born.
Who we help
We had heard of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Although this mechanism would help jumpstart the beneficiaries' progress, we knew it would only be temporary help. We approached DSWD to provide sustainable livelihood once the CCT program expired. Over the next weeks, we trained mothers from Muntinlupa. It was clear that they were driven to escape the seemingly unending cycle of poverty they were in.
Because of the success of our training, we expanded our livelihood program to Paranaque City. Working closely with our local barangay, we were able to train more women in our community.
Today, all our livelihood partners are empowered women who use their income to pay for their children's school expenses and other household needs. They're paid fair income for every piece they hand-weave. This way, they have the opportunity to grow as the social enterprise does. It also empowers them to decide their income.
How you can partner with us
Empowering Filipino mothers frees them from having to depend completely on charity projects and their partners. With livelihood and fair income, what once were just distant dreams for their family become achievable goals. By purchasing and wearing our pieces, you start a ripple of hope within the homes of our livelihood partners and their communities.
We openly invite all who are one with our vision and wish to weave beautiful stories with us. We are open to partnerships, collaborations, consignments, bazaars and bulk orders for events and special occasions. To contact us, please click here.