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Purpose & People

the back story

Our Purpose

It was on a trip to the Philippines where Amy met a group of women who were weaving wallets and purses out of single-use beverage wrappers such as coffee, coco, and tea from local businesses and government buildings. She was impressed with the quality craftsmanship and innovative design of the products. When Amy heard their story and learned that they didn’t have a local market for their products, she was compelled to help.

 

 

 

Our Trade

In 2015, SORA Products was formed in partnership with two Filipina friends. SORA Products is a Chicago Fair Trade local business which provides the market for our SORA artisans in two communities in the Philippines. It is giving them enough income to help provide for their children’s basic needs, plus family medical, education, and home improvement income. 

 

 

 

Get Involved

We are seeing these talented womens’ lives transformed by the opportunity to bring their products to the marketplace. We thank you for your interest in this important business venture. However, there are many more families that need our help. You can make this growth a reality by buying a SORA product or helping us find creative ways of selling SORA Products near you. Contact us today!

 

 

Artisan Corner

SORA WEAVERS

Racma 

Greetings, I am a wife and mother of one. My husband is a taxi driver and my work with SORA Products has begun to supplement his income. I grew up doing carpentry with my father and I still enjoy doing this work when I am not making SORA wallets. Thank you for your support, it truly means so much.”

Keisha 

 “Hello I am a high school student who is the 6th of 8 children. I live with my grandparents for much of my life while my parents and older siblings tried to make a life in the city. I work hard at school and love to read and dance. My work with SORA helps me pay for my education.”

Saima

Hi, I am a wife and mother of four living children and one deceased. My husband suffers from arthritis and working during COVID-19 has been challenging. Fortunately, my income savings from SORA has helped pay for his expenses. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and gardening outside.

Pinky 

Greetings, I am a wife to four chidlren. I was able to finish my Education degree and now I am working on creating a small online business because of my savings from SORA Products. Thank you for aiding in my future savings.”

Meriam

Hi, I am a single woman who lives with my younger sister. My work with SORA helped meet my family’s need when my mother was sick. I am thankful for the opportunity to make wallets and purses. In my free time, I enjoy vegetable gardening.

Baby

Hello, I am a wife and mother of eight children. Due to the virus, my husband hasn’t had reliable work and we want to take especially good care of my second daughter who has special needs. With the help of SORA, we have taken care of her.

 

Alnisa 

Greetings, I am a wife and mother of three small children. Similar to other Filipino women, I attended some college, but I discontinued once I married. SORA has helped my husband and I pay house bills and purchase food.”

Rasha

“I am a young mother of three who grew up as the sixth of seven children. While I reached my 3rd year at a nursing college, I was unable to complete her degree because I decided to marry. However, I work as an entrepreneur by selling goods on the side.

Sedang 

Hi, as a wife and mother of five, my work with SORA supplements my small sari-sari store and my husband’s tricycle driving. We are currently saving for our children’s schooling. With SORA, there are so many more opportunities

Nora

Hello I am a wife and mother of one. My husband is a taxi driver and my work with SORA has made my life more flexible with responsibilities at home, especially since my husband hasn’t had much work lately. I grew up in the carpentry world with my father. Thank you.”

Nor-enn

“I am married with four children. I was married after high school & began weaving wallets out of paper as a hobby. Now I am weaving supplements for my husband’s meager income which has allowed us to add a loft to our small home with the money from SORA Products.”

Nonisa

“I am 41 years old, married with six children.  I have been weaving wallets for four years. My husband and children help me weave wallets to help provide for school supplies and daily expenses. I am now saving money through the incentives from the SORA Products partnership.”

Cathy

“I am married with two children. As a local partner of SORA Products in the community in the South, I weave products out of recycled materials.  I coordinate weekly weaving activities, mentoring, & distributing the income to each weaver. Thank you for helping us to continue.”

Saima

  “I am married with two young children. My husband is sick with tuberculosis and cannot work because of his illness. My wallet making is providing for our daily living expenses and my husband’s medicine. I have a dream to send all of my kids to college one day. Thank you.”

Aida

“I am married with three children.  My husband was shot by violence in our community. He is now okay but still needs medicine. With my wallet making I am able to provide for our daily needs and also provide for my husband’s medication. Thank you so much for your support.”

Almirah

“I am a wife and mother of three. My husband and I have been working hard to pay for our living expenses, especially since he has had no work during the pandemic. So my SORA income has helped us a great deal. Before the pandemic, I used this income to pay rent for our home.

Taya

“I am married with five children.  My former husband left in January of 2017 & her wallet making gave her enough money to provide for  daily living expenses. I am so thankful for the partnership with SORA Products. I able to put running water into my apartment. I am so grateful.”

Laiba

“I am married with two grown children. I run a sari-sari convenience store in my community.  I weave straw bags and wallets to supplement  income from the store and save to buy my own home one day. I have Learned perseverance through working hard to learn this kind of weaving.”