Empathy

Empathy
Is the cure for apathy: Teach children to care
As parents, let us educate our children to care.

Small acts of kindness towards other should be encouraged and modeled .

Empathy is the ability to understand another person’s feelings or situation. We need to teach our children to do “perspective-taking” so that they will be able to put themselves in another person’s shoes. If a child is able to do this, the decisions he will make as an entrepreneurs will take into consideration the realities that other people face empathy will drive him to improve the lives of others.

Rags 2 Riches
The Rags 2 Riches “started with an irritation, a social injustices, talented but marginalized woman, and very passionate young professionals”(www.rags2riches.ph). The designer bags woven from scrap cloth had its origins in Payatas, one of the Philippines largest dumpsites. Founders of R2R observed how the women of Payatas earned extra income by looking for scraps of cloth in the dumpsite to weave into rugs. R2R was established to help these victims of unfair trade practices and lack of access to the market.

New designs and methods were introduced to improve their products. From their P100,000 seed money, they were able to grow their capitalization by 400percent. Today, these trendy designer bags from scrap cloth have become a way out of poverty for these women from dumpsite.

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