Our journey started over 6 years ago with the purpose of helping a remote community situated outside of the power grid for a corporate social responsibility program. On our first visit to Barangay Laiban, Tanay Rizal, we saw opportunities to bring more attention to the community and share our vision with a bigger audience.
We knew we had to find a way to give the community alternative energy sources and support children's education to help break the cycle of poverty. And through the years of visiting the community 2-3 times a year, I realized that we needed to focus on creating a program that will give the children better access to educational resources. The lack of electricity in the community has limited the ways that children can learn and explore their potential.
From being a CSR program with a consistent source of funding, we became an independent project relying on the kindness of friends in 2018. Despite having a clearer vision of what we really need to do, we were faced with the challenge of not having the resources to fulfill our objectives.
I then saw a need for a platform to help us sustain our programs while also creating livelihood opportunities for other communities. That's when we established wearkindness.
We work closely with the independent sewers from a community in Rodriguez, Rizal who make wearkindness bags one piece at a time to keep the brand's promise of quality, sustainability, and purpose. For every purchase made on wearkindness.shop, we are a step closer to fulfilling our vision of democratizing education and inspiring children to pursue a career in STEM while providing livelihood to at least 4 families who were affected by the pandemic.
I started selling bags in 2019 and launched the website in 2020 amidst the pandemic. It was an extremely difficult time for everyone and we faced countless challenges to keep going, but every order we receive is an inspiration to push further and a reminder that we're heading in the right direction.
I cannot thank you enough for supporting wearkindness and for believing not only in our product but also in our purpose. This year, we mark our first year as an online brand and this would not be possible without you. With all preparations and precautions, our first wearkindness Science and Technology Workshop for the students of Laiban Elementary School is scheduled for January 2021.
We hope that you will continue to believe in us and support not only local businesses but most importantly products that are entirely made in the country that carry with them bigger stories of hope and hard work. Thank you and I wish you success in your own endeavors.
Luis Baring, Founder