What is KANDAMA?
Kandama is a social enterprise incubated by the Singapore International Foundation with the support of McKinsey & Company under the 2016 Young Social Entrepreneurs Program.
In 2017, it was restructured by its founder Victor Baguilat Jr. in lieu of the Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) of the Organizational Change Consultants International Inc. (OCCI)
As a social enterprise, Kandama organized women of Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao to start their association of weavers.
On September 5-7, 16 and 17, 2016, Kandama conducted its first Basic Weaving workshop as part of Kandama’s comprehensive Community Development Program, which is run by Rachel Baguilat. Thereafter, it has conducted two other workshops, which includes its second workshop on Basic Weaving and the Vision-Mission Goal Workshop using Appreciative Inquiry.
To ensure a lasting social impact to the villagers of Julongan, Kandama provides upright looms and it constructed two temporary weaving centers, which also serves as a day care center and help desk for the weavers of Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao.
In order to scale its social impact, Kandama sought the assistance of the Philippine Textile and Research Institute (PTRI) for training and for additional looms.
Kandama is a social enterprise inspiring creative synergy among master weavers, modern designers, and indigenous artisans to create a lighthouse of living traditions that empower women.
Kandama seeks to provide opportunities for the indigenous women in skill building and environmental education through the production of garments which incorporate indigenous woven products into fashionable pieces for the modern woman.
Kandama works with master weavers, modern designers, and indigenous artisans to create beautiful and functional products that express the timeless traditions of these cultural communities while meeting the needs of the modern market. Through innovative product design product diversification, branding and niche marketing, Kandama is expanding the market for these works of art to ensure that these communities will continue their traditions and way of life and keep nurturing the terraces that sustain them.
Victor BaguilatCEO & Founder
Jeff TonogIn-house Fashion Designer
Joco CalimlimFurniture Designer
LA SevillaProduct Developer
Mark EscayProduct Developer
Dave AcademiaOperations Manager
Erick DivinaBranding Consultant
What is our social impact?
- Establishment of 2 temporary weaving centers
- Conducted 4 skill building and community development workshops
- Donated 10 upright looms
- Donated threads
How can you help?
Buy Kandama fundraising shirts- Proceeds will go to the establishment a weaving center and help desk for indigenous women
Sponsor the construction of a weaving center and help desk for indigenous women – Contact us for our sponsorship package
Spread our cause – Like us on Facebook and Instagram and join our events.