Saffy Handicrafts

 

Saffy Handicrafts in The Philippines began as a workshop to create employment for women and youth in marginalized areas of Manila.

 

Summary

  • Currently works with dozens of small producer groups in The Philippines
  • They manage a workshop in Manila that specializes in capiz shell products.
  • Artisans benefit from educational seminars, vocational training, financial and medical assistance.
  • Member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), which verifies and monitors fair trade practices.

 

About Capiz

  • Capiz is the shell of a windowpane oyster.
  • Was traditionally used in place of glass to make windows because of its translucent quality.
  • Lightweight material is perfect for jewelry
  • Harvesting capiz is heavily regulated by the Philippine government as supply has become limited in recent years.