- Sector: Fashion
- Residence: Philippines
Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, 30, co-founded the Rags2Riches fashion and design house to empower artisans from poor communities in the Philippines. Fernandez-Ruiz began in 2007 by helping families in Payatas, Manila, find markets for their fabric lifestyle products. Since then, Rags2Riches has trained 900 artisans and directly employs 50 people as artisans, marketers, and strategists.