Encouraging and empowering more women to enter business has an incredibly positive financial and social impact on global communities.
A Beautiful Refuge produces lovingly-handcrafted screen printed items with a mission to embody fair trade and environmentally
responsible principles throughout the production process. We believe that the best products are good for everyone involved – from
the factory to the checkout line – so we will source our materials from ethical manufacturers in India and produce our designs
under fair trade guidelines in the Philippines.
Where We Come From
A Beautiful Refuge is an extension of Safe Refuge, a resource center for women and children in crisis based in the Philippines. Pervasive poverty and high unemployment in the Philippines leave children and young women particularly vulnerable to trafficking, malnutrition, and homelessness.
For the past nine years, Safe Refuge has provided quality maternal care and childbirth services, educational opportunities and scholarships, emergency shelter, and supportive housing and aftercare for women and children in vulnerable positions.
The Safe Refuge Women
The core of Safe Refuge’s mission is to help women gain control over their lives again and we believe that access to education and stable employment are the keys to their long term success. While the majority of women associated with Safe Refuge go back to school, enroll in college, or find employment, a handful of individuals experience greater difficulty finding good work while attempting to rebuild their lives and care for their children.
These are the women A Beautiful Refuge exists to serve.
For The Good Of the Community
A Beautiful Refuge places great value on fostering local relationships in Manila and Tagaytay (2 hours north of Metro Manila and Safe Refuge's home base), because we believe that the best social enterprises take stock of the resources and talents of the people right in front of them. To this end, we will purchase most of our supplies – from equipment to ink – from local vendors, offer screen printing services to local businesses and organizations, and network with small business owners. This practice will ensure the future success of both A Beautiful Refuge and our local economy. We want to see our local economy thrive so that the burdens of poverty are lifted and fewer women and children find themselves in need of the care of Safe Refuge.
In addition, we are currently working with a handful of US-based businesses that provide their professional expertise and monetary support. Some of these businesses will help us expand our market by stocking our products in their stores.