Reese Fernandez-Ruiz

2010 Young Laureate, Environment
The Philippines, Born 1985

Project Goal

Help impoverished women earn a decent wage by upcycling waste, turning it into high-value "eco-ethical, elegant" products

Location: The Philippines

Growing up with a missionary mother instilled in Reese Fernandez-Ruiz a commitment to help people and alleviate poverty, which she has done by co-founding Rags2Riches.

As a child, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz moved around often with her missionary mother. Exposed to the suffering of others, she was inspired to find solutions to solve social problems. Fernandez-Ruiz went on to win a scholarship to attend Ateneo University where she took a degree in management. Deeply committed to helping others to improve their lives and alleviate poverty, she has used her skills to train people to become social entrepreneurs, giving them the means to confront many challenges, from rebuilding housing after a cyclone to teaching organic agriculture to farmers.

In Her Own Words

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