Entrepreneur and nephew reportedly open first Black-owned textile factory in the Philippines 

Abu Mubarik May 29, 2024
Umar Clark launched Clark Textile Trading with Nasiym Blackwell in Olongapo. Photo: Clark Textile Trading

A Black entrepreneur and his nephew have opened the first black-owned textile factory in the Philippines. Umar Clark launched Clark Textile Trading with Nasiym Blackwell in Olongapo with a steadfast commitment to empowering the black community, the company said in a release cited by Black News.

“Over the last 5-7 years everybody had jokes,” Clark shared on Instagram recently. “I wore the same outfit. Black T, some sweats or shorts and a pair of slides. The nature of this life is you have to give something up to get what you want. I was willing to give up clothes so that I could one day own and supply them.

“Now I own the first Black-owned textile shop in the Philippines.”

Clark stressed on the company website that his aim is to foster economic independence and ensure self-determination within the Black community by offering a platform for Black people to produce their own materials. The brand is set to deliver high-quality garments while creating economic opportunities within the black community.

“At Clark Textile Trading, we believe that economic empowerment starts with self-reliance,” said Clark. “Clothing is more than just fabric; it’s a symbol of identity and empowerment. Through our enterprise, we reclaim control over our narrative and economic destiny.”

The textile company specializes in a diverse range of products, including hoodies, t-shirts, polos, collared shirts, and underwear. Furthermore, the company offers competitive pricing that can be compared to products manufactured in China, ensuring accessibility, it said in its release.

“Investing in our own ventures is crucial to breaking systemic barriers and fostering self-sufficiency,” added Clark. “While other sources may offer cheaper alternatives, they often come at the expense of our community’s empowerment. At Clark Textile Trading, we prioritize affordability alongside empowerment.”

Clark’s groundbreaking textile factory and his dedication to social impact and economic empowerment have earned praise from many people.

“WOW.. what a groundbreaking achievement😒IM SO INSPIRED,” one Instagram user wrote after Clark’s story was shared by blackwealth on social media.

“Congratulations young man. I always thought other countries didn’t allow foreign nationals to own property like America does,” another wrote.

“Thinking outside the box- I love it and happy for these men,” a third user commented.

Indeed, it is a big thing for a Black person to own a textile shop in a country where the idea of being “fair-skinned” is cherished, like in many other Asian cultures. Fair-skinned women are mostly preferred for billboards, commercials on television and movies. Interestingly, Clark’s business has been well-received by people including authorities.

“Eid Mubarak from the Philippines,” Clark shared during Eid weeks ago. “I had an amazing meeting with the mayor today. They welcomed Clark Textile trading with open arms. We’ve already employed so many people here that things were made easy for us. Allah is kind. I love myself.”

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: May 29, 2024


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