The Woven Networks Scoping Grant was conducted for a period of five months from March
2022 to July 2022 and covered the provinces of Samar and Leyte in the Eastern Visayas
region of the Philippines. This scoping study by Carmen Lopez investigated the roles of the younger
generation in ensuring the sustainability of craftship and artisanal work in Samar and Leyte in
Eastern Visayas, Philippines.
Capitalizing on her expertise in women’s economic empowerment and gender and development, Lopez utilized feminist principles and approaches, which meant that the artisans themselves were treated as experts of their own experiences.
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.