Anthill, a social enterprise based in Cebu, just received a special prize from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Efficiency and Success Target Awards in Lima, Peru last month. The award aims to recognize the next generation of women entrepreneurs at the 2016 Apec Women and Economy Forum.
@anthillfabric got chosen to represent the Philippines for the APEC BEST Award. We couldn’t make it to Peru but what great honor it is to have @echostore Co Founder and ASEAN Women Entrepreneur’s Network Chair Ms @chitjuan share our story on our behalf. With our shared love for culture and country, there’s no one else best to represent our weave story. Here’s to weaving dreams! #anthillfabricgallery #wearyourtribewithpride #weavingdreams #APECBEST2016
Anya Lim and her mother Annie comes from a family who has been in the textile business for two decades. The two decided to put up Alternative Nest and Trading/Training Hub for Indigenous/Ingenious Little Livelihood seekers (Anthill—phew! That was a mouthful!) in Cebu back in 2010 so they can cater to A high-end market and at the same time help communities.
Anthill promotes and preserves hand-loomed fabrics from the Philippines specifically from provinces like Cebu, Bukidnon, and Abra. The hand-loomed fabrics are made into accessories and apparel that’s sold in their retail stores and also on their website.
“At Anthill, we always say that ‘we wear our tribe with pride.’ We were already very proud to represent the Philippines and this award is a validation that we are on the right track. It is also a reminder that there is so much work to be done and that Anthill still has so much potential,” Anya tells Inquirer.
We’re definitely rooting for social enterprises like Anthill and looking forward to how we can make better communities together. Congratulations, Anya and Annie![Inquirer.net]
Photo courtesy of Ryan Racal for Cebu Living