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Reese Fernandez Ruiz
Social Entrepreneurship

Reese Fernandez Ruiz

Co-founder and president, Rags2Riches and Things That Matter
Location: Philippines

It’s as though Reese has authored a fairy-tale that almost a thousand impoverished women can call their own. As the co-founder and president of the social enterprise Rags2Riches, Reese has created the opportunity for an entire community to flourish through an ingenious approach to upcycling scrap fabrics. Rags2Riches has collaborated with top fashion designers and retailers, repurposing tatters into handbags and other accessories since its establishment in 2007. Rags2Riches has not only grown in its number of advocates and customers around the world, but also in local craftswomen and artisans who were once below the poverty line and are now thriving in a better state of life.

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