Caritas Margins Opens its 2nd Kiosk in Glorietta 1

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Caritas Margins, a social enterprise program of Caritas Manila opened its second kiosk on August 8, 2014 at the 3rd Level, Glorietta 1, Ayala Ave. Makati City. 

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Caritas Manila’s Executive Director led the opening prayer and ribbon-cutting ceremony with one of our benefactors, Mrs. Renena Prietto.

The kiosk features knotted rosaries, beaded bags, up-cycled bags, coin purses, wallets, pen holders, ladies accessories, artworks/paintings, food products also home/personal care products and essentials made by its urban poor partner communities and organizations.
It highlights handcrafted buri bags by the program’s partner community in Basey, Samar-- one of the most devastated areas by last year’s super typhoon Yolanda and Christmas decors made from resin products for the impending Yuletide season.

Caritas Manila, through its Skills Training Program, trains the urban poor to educate them on various livelihood trades. Caritas Margins coordinates with various urban poor communities and pro-poor organizations to help market their merchandise, including artworks by resident inmates under the Caritas Restorative Justice Program. This way, they become productive and empowered. 

Margins is coined from the term marginalized, referring to socially excluded individuals or groups who are producing the product. The program helps to empower them through social entrepreneurship.

Proceeds from the Caritas Margins kiosk support Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) which helps send to school over 1,000 youths nationwide. 
Caritas Margins first kiosk is in Trinoma Mall, Quezon City is open until September 2014 while the Glorietta kiosk is until October 2014. These Ayala mall kiosk spaces are pro-bono to Caritas Manila through the generosity of Mr. Fernando Zobel de Ayala, member of the Board of Trustees. 

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