Saffy Handicrafts (which stands for Social Action for Filipino Youth) markets crafts for small artisan workshops and runs its own production unit specializing in capiz shell items. Saffy was founded by Sr. Juliaan Mullie, a Belgian nun, to create alternative sources of livelihood for impoverished women and youth in marginalized areas of Manila. The mission has since expanded to serve communities in need by launching social development programs. Saffy provides employment for more than 1,000 people, including 40 workers in its own production unit. These artisans benefit from educational seminars, vocational training, financial and medical assistance and profit sharing.