Entrepreneur Interview – Zerah Capili

Entrepreneur Interview – Zerah Capili

Zerah Capili works as a Creative Coordinator for Hope for the Heart and Soul Foundation a NGO based company that introduces children especially the underprivileged ones about arts and crafts. She is also handles her own business called “Sapinsapin Tanzan”.  Her products are mostly handmade that ranges from different quirky knick knacks. She consign her products at different handmade stores in the Philippines.


Entrepreneur Interview Q & A

1. What is the name of your business? What does your business do?

The name of our business is Sapinsapin Tanzan. Our business creates different handmade products that are locally made from the Philippines. We also try to create products from reused materials especially from things that most of us think that are with no use like trash.

2. Why did you get into this field? What opportunities did you see?

When I became involved as a volunteer teacher in WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) , I make sure that I can still contribute to lessen our trash by using reused materials and upcycling  them as part of our process in creating our products. We didn’t realized that it will become our sort of “business”at first because I only created products for my family and friends back then. For now the opportunities are slowly opening for us because when other people saw our products they are quite amazed and they suddenly realized that these trash will still be of use for the second time around.

3. What have been your biggest challenges?

Making new products because you will observe the products first and you still don’t know if your followers and customers will like it. Making designs too is quite a challenge especially when creative block hits me big time because most of our designs are handpainted individually and each designs are unique on its own.

4. What has been your greatest reward?

Our greatest reward is when we  a friend of ours offered their store so we can showcase our products there. Until now our products are doing great in the said shop and we already have 3 stores to consign our products too.  

5. If you could change something, what would it be?

I think the way I create my products especially when I cram.

6. What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?

Hmm i think never stop creating and experimenting different things. There will come a time that you will fail but don’t be afraid because its also a part of the process that will definitely hone your craft, skills and you product as well.

7. Social Media. Yay or Nay?

Yay because it tends to be one of the platform to showcase your products beside from participating in art fairs and bazaars.

8. How do you market your products or services?

By online especially instagram and Facebook and by our consigned stores and joining fairs.

9. If your business sells products, how do you handle production?

We make it a point to make as early as possible especially here in the Philippines when “ber” months (starting September to early December) are approaching those are the months that we are quite busy in our production. Its quite hard but on those said months especially we only have 3 persons as of now.

10. What is unique about your business?

It is purely handmade and we make it a point to introduce upcycled products to our customers.

11. Sell me your product/service.

Our products are made handmade locally and is made from reused materials and upcycling them to give them a new and enhanced look. Each of our product is unique on its own way.  We also make sure to give 101% in every product that we create because it’s not only handmade its also made from our hearts. 

12. How can people get in touch with you? What’s your website url and contact information?

We have our Facebook and Instagram account here:

Facebook: @sapinsapintanzan

Instagram: @sapinsapintanzan




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