ANTHILL Fabric strives to keep their Philippine weaving traditions alive and provides sustainable livelihood for their partner communities. It works to sustain the intergenerational heritage of weaving and other handcrafting skills.
The business model honours the valuable role each of their weavers, artisans, design collaborators, and production partners play in elevating their weaving traditions. ANTHILL Fabric works on a human and community centered business model that ensures a sustainable and inclusive supply chain.
ANTHILL Fabric signifies the power women can have to create a sustainable future. Founded in 2010 by Annie Tan Lim and her daughter Anya, ANTHILL Fabric seeks to do good with their Philippine weaving traditions.
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Anya grew up observing the culture imbued in indigenous communities - only to realise that the tradition of weaving had faded away in these communities years later. Due to the lack of income, young girls in indigenous communities sought other options to put food on the table.
Anya now employs community enterprise development in order to preserve the hand weaving culture. She is a champion of sustainable fashion, circularity and an advocate of mentorship and continuous education.
ANTHILL Fabric supports cultural preservation and sustainable livelihood through community enterprise building among its partner artisan communities. From circularity and zero waste to women empowerment, ANTHILL Fabric commits itself to several causes.
The Community Enterprise Partners they work with are self organised or co-organised weaving communities. ANTHILL Fabric works directly with five community enterprises across the Philippines representing the urban, rural and indigenous sector.
ANTHILL Fabric conducts a Community Enterprise Development Program, a community and culture based modular coursework. This program include five courses:
1) Cultural appreciation
2) Product design and innovation
3) Business skills transfer
4) Master and apprentice program
5) Financial literacy and savings program
These courses equip weavers and crafters with the necessary skills, along with the support they require for financial literacy for long-term stability. They provide life and health insurance and access to education, home improvement and enterprise loans with the help of their microfinance institution partner.
Just to put it in context, before ANTHILL's partnership, an average weaver would earn about 3000 pesos on a monthly basis. Because of our partnership, we have grown their income to about 10,000 pesos on a monthly basis.