Unwearables to Useful Quilts by Electrolux and Gawad Kalinga

SAM_435310732640_10152489925187956_1413161632_oMly first Payatas visit.  Together with Electrolux management, we went to visit Gawad Kalinga’s Trese  Community  last October 14 where the donated used clothing from the Electrolux Delightful-E Simple to Share  Pre-Loved Clothes Donation project were sewn into baby quilts for orphanages.

We left early from Manila to reach the venue by 9am.  When we arrived, we had a briefing with Mike Go about Gawad Kalnga livelihood projects which included t-shirt printing and quilt-making.  Methods were explained to show quality final products as these were one of the income source for the residents.  This was followed by a tour of the village.

The Quilt project was brilliantly conceptualized as many people donated clothes that were not wearable.  So instead of complaining and just throwing away these useless garments, Electrolux came up with the idea of chopping them up and upcycling them into useful appreciated quilts.  They then partnered with Gawad Kalinga for the manpower at the same time provide a source of income for these GK-assisted communities.  The result was a win-win for all.

So now it takes so little from us to give and yet give happiness to some orphan baby or toddler with the support of Electrolux.   The project seems to be picking up so Electrolux is now looking into hospitals as another beneficiary on top of orphanages.  Let’s not put a stop to this domino effect of giving and  increasing recipients.  Let’s continue paying forward since now it doesn’t even have to cost you at all to give.


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