Five small businesses and the causes and advocacies they support

Five small businesses and the causes and advocacies they support

Valentine’s Day is for giving love to the less fortunate.

Maybe it’s just me, but the act of giving back to people of lesser means comes about as naturally as breathing. I grew up with parents who taught me the value of what I have, and the importance of knowing that there are people out there who think that something as simple as eating fast food is a luxury. As I grew older, I’ve become more and more aware of this disparity, and I realized that even in my not-so-stable financial state, there are a lot of ways that I can give back, like supporting businesses that give to charity.

We’ve rounded up some local stores that give back to society in different ways — such as donating to the marginalized, employing PWDs, and advocating for animal welfare.

If you’re one of those people who are obsessed with pins, you’ve probably heard of Hopskotch. They specialize in customized enamel pins, and have collaborated with artists like Abbey Sy. Recently, they launched a campaign with UNICEF, aiming to raise P50,000 by selling the limited edition #HOPforUNICEF pins. Each pin retails for P250, and comes with additional UNICEF freebies.

Follow Hopskotch on Instagram @shophopskotch.

Maybe you’re a slightly obsessive pet mom who gets separation anxiety every time you have to leave home, or maybe you’re just a sucker for cute pugs — whichever one you are, Printed Pets is the answer to all your prayers. You can customize your mug, shirt, phone case, and tote bag (or any printable surface, really), with your pet’s animated face. A portion of their profit goes to Hound Haven Philippines, an NGO dedicated to retired K-9 dogs.

Follow PrintedPets on Instagram @printedpetsph.

The Happy Project Ph
PWDs are often seen as unproductive citizens, but The Happy Project begs to differ. This brand aims to empower differently-abled individuals by employing them, thereby fighting against the stigma. If you’re looking for canvas bags and pouches, complete with inspirational quotes to motivate you every day, The Happy Project can be your first choice.

Follow The Happy Project on Instagram @thehappyprojectph.

Elait PH
Ordering your ice cream via sign language might seem hard at first, but it’s one of the unique things about Elait PH. Apart from the really good ice cream that they serve, all of their workers are from the Deaf and Mute Community. Don’t worry about communication, though! They have really cute instructions and guides for everyone on basic signs, so you’ll know how to do it right.

Follow Elait PH on Instagram @elaitph

Puzzle Gourmet Store and Café
If you ever had a negative opinion about people with autism, this place will prove you wrong. Puzzle Gourmet Store and Café is an autism-friendly restaurant whose advocacy circles around the idea that people with autism shouldn’t be put in a box — they can achieve as much as those who don’t live with autism, and they can also lead meaningful and happy lives.

Follow Puzzles Gourmet Store and Café on Instagram @puzzlecafeph

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