Catalyzing the Recovery of the Culture and Forest-linked Community Livelihoods of Hinabol Weavers of Bukidnon through the Forest Harvest Collective Mark and Complementary Marketing Strategies in the New Normal

This Scoping Study was conducted by Emmanuelle Perlas Andaya for the benefit of the Kalandang Weavers and the Higaonon community of Mintapod in Bukidnon. For the past 18 years, Andaya has worked as a consultant in the Philippines and Southeast Asia on sustainable livelihoods for indigenous and forest-dependent people based on non-timber forest product (NTFP), including crafts.

Andaya’s scoping study highlights the distinct experience of Kalandang Weavers as Women and Rural Indigenous Entrepreneurs that demonstrate their self-­‐determination and their will to attain economic stability for their households and their community based on natural and heritage resources. In looking for ways to catalyze the weaving enterprise of the Kalandang, it served as a catalyst to re­‐explore sustainable livelihoods for the whole community.

Woven Networks – Craft changemakers conserving forests is a partnership between the Forest Foundation Philippines and its grantee, the British Council through its Crafting Futures global programme. It aims to initiate new collaborations and support projects that champion indigenous knowledge systems towards sustainable resource management and improved livelihood of craft communities. The grants support research projects that highlight sustainable practices of indigenous craft communities for forest conservation.