Every time we make a purchase, we are sending a message and making a choice. Even the simplest purchase is a vote. What you, the consumer, purchase drives companies to produce more. You vote with your dollars for what you want to see on the shelf. You have power!
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Emmanuel Velasco lives a peaceful life in a simple nipa hut. But it wasn’t always this way. Emmanuel graduated from school in Bicol, but was forced to move to Manila to find work.
Shirley's family was struggling to survive. Her husband, Ramir, took whatever small jobs he could get to help the family, but without land, his only options were to work helping on a rice farm or a fishing boat, where he received a small share of rice or fish. The pay was irregular and unsustainable, so he made the tough choice to look for work in Manila and send money back to Shirley and the kids (ages four, six, and eight). In exchange for this sacrifice, they received $33.50 per week. That's just not enough....
On July 14 an estimated 800 people gathered on the property of Dignity Products and Services in Bicol, Philippines to celebrate the dedication of our first Community Transformation Plant. We wish you could have been there! As guests arrived they were greeted by music, singers and dancers in traditional dress from the local High School in the next village - fifty of them! The atmosphere was filled with praise from the start.