The outbreak of COVID-19 has taken a toll on many of our local businesses. Some businesses have been forced to temporarily close, and many others have had to scale back or change their operations completely.
According to Business World in their article last May 15, 2020: "NEDA’s recent survey showed more than 2.2 million estimated jobs were lost as around 75% of the affected businesses were forced to close due to lockdown measures."
Although we do not have a lot of cash to weather this kind of storm, we would like to thank our advocates who chose to be intentional in supporting local businesses to support our people and keep the enterprise alive for us to continue with our advocacy. For that, we initiated the very first website wide sale of 19% off during the first segment of the lockdown.
We also shelled out around 70k to purchase rice, canned goods, milk and noodles for distribution to our employees in need as well as other out of work families.
For the 2nd extension of the ECQ, instead of extending the sale, we decided to give the 19% to feed hungry families like daily wage workers who don't have savings to get by at a time like this. This includes our water hyacinth community partners.
Because COVID-19 can't stop Jacinto & Lirio's mission of solving the water hyacinth problem, reducing poverty and colonial mentality in the Philippines, we created PPE sets with your protection in mind.
While there are a lot of China made imports of PPEs, let us support Philippine made scrub suits. Given this new normal where isolation scrub suits is advisable not just for medical front liners, but also to us all as we slowly try to go back to our offices, we decided to release Jacinto & Lirio’s Safety Edition.
How can you social distance, and help at the same time?
In this pandemic, I have seen how clearly we are made in God's image as I've witness many who are looking for ways to do good while social distancing. It’s those beautiful stories of human kindness and generosity that are keeping us going, after all!
We want to stay in business in order for us to fulfill the very reason why we are here in the first place, "Through the creation of well-designed, functional and Philippine-inspired vegan leathergoods, Jacinto & Lirio aims to improve the lives of people from both ends of the spectrum—the water hyacinth communities and employees who are empowered through meaningful work, and the advocates purchasing who are enriched by the eco-friendly water hyacinth leathergoods" So we seriously aim to be sustainable to fulfill our core mission.
Likewise, we want to be an instrument that can help feed poor families while flatten the curve by providing effective PPEs like scrub suits, masks, face shields, alcohol and the like.
We are a small social enterprise, with very limited funds. At this time, we would like to ask for your support as well.
What can you do? Aside from choosing Jacinto & Lirio for your personal purchases of essential kits, wallets, journals, planners, masks, scrub suits etc; or supplier for your gift giving occasions like birthdays, and the like and corporate giveaways; you can make a monetary donation.
While we prefer cash donations for easier dissemination, you may also donate in kind and start promote our cause.
Where your contribution will be used
Our company has mobilised personal protective equipments (PPE) like reusable isolation scrub suits and denim or canvass masks for distribution to our community partners, NGO's like CCF Tulong Tayo and local government units.
Our chosen beneficiaries are the marginalized water hyacinth based communities in Rizal and Laguna as well as other urban poor Filipinos.
Our Reusable Denim Mask was based on a study by Cambridge University where they tested over 30 different materials. After noting the corona virus’ particle size, 0.06-0.14 microns and five to ten microns when found in droplets, DENIM and CANVAS fabrics are the fabrics best-suited to blocking out germs while still being breathable enough for consistent wear.
Channels of Donation1. Paypal - Credit Card or Debit Card
2. Bank (Over the Counter or Online Transfer)
BPI Capitol Hills
Account Name: ECOINGENUITY INC.
Account Number: 4481-0058-55
BANCO DE ORO
Account Name: Anne Krystle Mariposa Yee
Account Number: 001610-0804-06
Please email your proof of donation to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "CONTRIBUTION AND DONATION BY <NAME>"