Based in Sri Lanka, ApiHappi is a social business that offers hand-loomed stringy bags that work to foster an east-west connection. ApiHappi has partnered with the Cohado Foundation, which is an organization based in Baltimore, USA. This parnership enables both young entrepreneurs in Baltimore City and the women hand-loomers in Sri Lanka. Eventually, ApiHappy would like to create training centers for their artisan producers.
"All the fabric we use for our products is original Sri Lankan Handloom," co-founder Etosha Lankatilleke wrote in an email to the SocialBusiness.org editorial team. "That means it is made manually by Sri Lankan women who are living in rural, poverty stricken areas. Thereby, supporting our company directly improves the lives of our handloomers and their families." The other co-founder is Etosha's girlfriend, Aparna Samarakoon, who acts as the designer.
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