Mei's Own: Our Story
Mei means "little sister" in mandarin and our name is a play on the word Maison, or "house" in French. Even though I’m Singaporean and eat/ breathe durian, Manila is a second home for me. I started this project many years ago and this journey has been anything but smooth sailing ever since I first stepped foot in the Philippines.
What started as a volunteer effort eventually turned into a small social enterprise project to better support the women and artisans I work with. I realised that even after these beneficiaries are rescued & rehabilitated from their ordeal, their lives often don’t change. Sometimes, they have nowhere to go and no one to take care of them after being rescued. In a country where an estimated 200,000 children are being trafficked every year, their voices and stories get lost and forgotten, fuelling a cycle of poverty that seems to laugh at their dream of getting out. It is cruel and I am not for it.
Mei’s Own is a lifestyle company. We make homeware together with local artisans in the Philippines. More than a quarter of the 100+ million people here live in poverty and many more are barely getting by. This project allows artisans in the province to preserve their art and heritage while teaching skills that help these beneficiaries thrive in society.
I work with talented and capable individuals. Together, we want to help you fill your home with beautiful things. I hope these pieces bring you as much joy in owning them as it has given me in their creation.
Rebecca Eu x