Last June 6, 2018, Go Negosyo sa Radyo host Sen. Bam Aquino and guest host Faith Salaver were joined by Jacinto and Lirio co-founder Anne Krystle Yee and Cutton Garments owner Jaycee Faminialagao to discuss their products in this week’s “Balik-Eskwela” episode.
Anne Krystle Yee shared how they came up with the business when they were still doing their thesis in college. In 2009, the Department of Trade and Industry reported the problem with hyacinths clogging the waterways in South Cotabato. Together with her co-founders, Anne thought of a way to solve this environmental problem. “Paano ba natin magagawan ng solution ‘to and at the same time, magugustuhan din ng Pinoy ang gawa sa something native,” she said.
Jacinto and Lirio started out as a company with bags as the only products. The company eventually ventured into crafting refillable and functional notebooks which are part of its kwaderno line. The company showcases Filipino culture through the designs its employees embroider in its products. The products are environment-friendly as it sources water hyacinths in Las Piñas, Laguna, Rizal, and Pasig.
Meanwhile, Cutton Garments is a Filipino startup company that manufactures clothing for different companies. The company offers printing, embroidery, and assembly – be it a uniform for a school, office, hospital, airline, hotel, and so on. Jaycee Faminialagao then recalled how he came up with his business.
Without any background in garment manufacturing, Jaycee started the enterprise in 2015. Four years prior, he found it ironic that the company he used to work at could not find a supplier for the clothes that are made in the Philippines as the stores source their materials from other countries like China. After a grueling search, he was able to find what the company wanted.
He then started to resell the merchandise which eventually led him to produce the clothes on his own. Clients prepare the design they want their products to be and Cutton Garments will process it accordingly. The company also recommends which kind of materials to be used as the manufacturers already know the different kinds of fabric that will be appropriate for the expected output.
Both enterprises seek the help from the community of underserved people as they employ farmers and dressmakers in order to give them an opportunity to earn extra income for their own families. These social enterprises ensure high quality products made out of locally sourced materials as well as provide assistance to these communities.