Recycling, Renewing a Community

TORONTO—A group of women in the Philippines is turning the tide and working hard to put the pieces back together after a devastating typhoon. Last Sept., Typhoon Ondoy struck the suburb near Manila where a women’s cooperative is located.

"Although we provide relief support, particularly in the form of five percent of our sales going to their relief and scholarship funds, what victims of a natural disaster really want is a sense of normalcy and to get back to work," says Larry Duprey, the founder of Bazura Bags, the cooperatives’ sales and marketing team in North America. "The women at the cooperative are not relying on just charity to keep their business going, they are proud of the products they make and want meaningful work and support in the form of well-earned business."

The cooperative organizes schools and groups of adult collectors to gather more than 50,000 used juice containers per day to be used in the manufacture of a wide variety of bags, accessories, home furnishings and footwear that are exported and sold in more than 15 countries around the world.

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