Rags to Riches
In the slums of Manila, a determined group of women are literally turning rags to riches. In a city where the gap between rich and poor is clear to see, this pioneering new project brings the two closer together.
Taking leftover fabric from clothing factories before weaving them into rugs and handbags, 'Rags to Riches' products have become the latest fashion accessory in Manila's high-end malls. It's founder, 27-year-old Reese Fernandez, says her business works to "empower women" in the local community, "bringing back the dignity of the people". The women, many of whom used to live on a rubbish dump, now earn an income comparable to that of a nurse in the Philippines.FULL SYNOPSIS