Kandama is a social enterprise incubated in 2016 by the Singapore International Foundation with the support of McKinsey & Company under the Young Social Entrepreneurs Program.
Under the said program, Kandama carved its social mission to provide economic opportunities to women, to preserve the tradition of handloom weaving, and to help the community protect the environment. As a social enterprise, Kandama applies commercial strategies to make its social impact sustainable.
Kandama organized women of Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao to start their organization of weavers. Since its inception, it has established two temporary weaving centers, four weaving workshops, one of which is in partnership with the Philippine Textile and Research Institute, and a Vision-Mission Goal Workshop using Appreciative Inquiry.
In 2017, Kandama was restructured and incorporated by its founder Victor Baguilat Jr. while he was undergoing the Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) of the Organizational Change Consultants International Inc. (OCCI). During the said program, Kandama collaborated with various designers to make the woven products more appealing to the modern market.
Kandama promotes these works of art to the international market to ensure that the weavers will continue their traditions and way of life and keep nurturing the terraces that sustain them.
Source: Kandama Collective, "The Story Behind Kandama" (www.kandamaweave.com)