Lack of education, job skills, and basic resources leaves many in the Philippines living well below the poverty line. Farmers, fishermen, and those in rural communities, particularly women and indigenous groups, suffer the worst and most have lost all hope of escaping it. ICM offers new possibilities to those groups by providing medical care, food, education and job training programmes, giving them the resources to rise above the place where circumstances have left them. Your purchase of handicrafts made by those in such conditions gives them a sense of self-value and helps empower them for the future.