From street mother to upcycle jewelry maker, Arlene proudly wears her specialty Bungingngis earrings.
Likhaya takes its name from Filipino words “LIKHA” which means “create”, “SAYA” which means “happiness”, “KAYA” which means “able” or “ability”, “LAYA” which means freedom, and “PAMILYA” which means family. Such a rich etymology mirrors the many noble objectives this social enterprise hopes to achieve.
Likhaya is championed by the 30-year old Virlanie Foundation, a non-profit organization that cares for disadvantaged children and also assists families in the streets and poor communities in Manila. According to Marie Francoise Michel, the Foundation’s Street Program Manager, Likhaya enabled them to support mothers from the streets to earn an income while staying where they are and keep an eye on their modest belongings.
Read more about the Likhaya blog created by Ms. Aneth Ng-Lim in ABS-CBN News Online.