COFFI is very grateful to our Canadian friend & donor for sending us the finest brushes available for our artists to use in their work: sizes 4/0 – 3/0 – 00 – 0. These brushes are used to paint the mini wooden jeepneys that have proved to be so popular with our customers in the Philippines and abroad. These wooden jeepneys are distinctive as each is made by PWDs – persons with disabilities, providing them with viable and needed income-generating work.
We are now producing 7 different sizes of jeepneys as well as fulfilling orders for personalized jeepneys. We are supplying these jeepneys to 46 branches of Kultura – the high-end Philippine-craft department of SHOEMART (SM), the main department store throughout the Philippines.
In the Philippines mostly larger-size painting brushes (sizes 1, 2, 3, 4 and up) are available but these brushes are not always of the quality we require: natural bristles or a combination of natural and synthetic fibers. While natural bristles may be more costly, they do last longer and the artists report that the painting process is much smoother yielding more finely-rendered designs.
Lalaine Guanzon presented a video presentation about COFFI. Our advocacy & projects and introduced people involved, Eva Parreno and Margrith Gloor, plus our AWD & Happy feet recipients.
At the moment, we are able to provide work for 18 artists, 9 of whom have a disability. Lalaine Guanzon, herself in a wheelchair, is aptly handling the production and distribution of our innovative line of jeepneys. The sale of our jeepneys provides a sustainable livelihood to those who manufacture and paint them. Additionally their sales also support our major project: the WHEELMOBILE – the first “PWD accessible” vehicle in the Philippines for those in wheelchairs.
We would heartedly like to encourage you to support our project by providing this COFFI project with, for example, brushes or funds that can enable us to purchase the other art supplies that our artists require (e.g., canvas, paint, fabrics).
We keep updating the profiles of all of our artists on our website, so please check regularly to keep up with our ongoing events and news.
THANK YOU. Margrith Gloor, Founder of COFFI