Carmen Lopez is a nurse turned gender advocate and development worker. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Santo Tomas and finished her Master of Arts in Women and Development with an Academic Excellence Award at the University of the Philippines Diliman

In 2013, she was the youngest recipient of A Tribute to Outstanding Mascians (ATOM), an award given to Outstanding Alumni of the Manila Science High School, the first science high school in the Philippines.

About the project

The workshop ‘Helping Filipino women artisans bounce back from the effects of Covid-19 through the Craft Toolkit’ aimed to increase capacities of Filipino women artisans and weavers on knowledge and skills to pivot and adapt to the pandemic through the Craft Toolkit.

  • During the community quarantine period in the Philippines in 2020, women artisans producing handmade products struggled with the delivery and transport of goods and inability to sell their products. Sale of non-food items such as woven textiles either slowed down or closed operations for safety reasons and lack of market demand. 
  • Producers and artisans are not technology savvy enough to divert their efforts to online marketing and business promotions.

Partner communities

Carmen worked with artisans and entrepreneurs from weaving communities in Ifugao, Benguet and Abra. Home to various textile groups in Northern Philippines, they were badly hit by the pandemic which affected the livelihood of women artisans.

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