A trip to the Philippines in 2014 changed Amy’s life forever. She learned about a group of women that were weaving products out of single serving drink packages to help provide income for their families. When she heard their story & learned that they didn’t have a local market for their products she was compelled to help. SORA Products was established in 2015, giving these talented artisans a market for the beautiful products they create.

By providing a market for their products, these women & those in four other communities are now making a fair wage for their craft. It is giving them enough income to help provide for their children’s basic needs, plus family medical, education, & home improvement income.

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. We can’t end poverty or save the world, but we can save a single family, and for them, that is their entire world. Contact us with suggestions, market leads, or purchase inquiries. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Dess, Ghie, and Amy are active members with SORA Products in and outside the United States. Dess (middle) coordinates quality control and pattern designs for our products. Ghie (right) coordinates financials and leads values education in SORA communities. Amy (left) coordinates operations and marketing efforts in the U.S as well as traveling to the Philippines regularly.

Emma is one of the local community workers who is coordinating the livelihood program in the Philippines. She is working in 1 of our 5 partnering communities helping with wrapper collection, supplies, and overseeing the distribution of funds among the artisans in the community.

Cathy (right) is a local community worker working in 1 of our 5 partnering communities overseeing weekly activities and mentoring. She also helps with distributing funds to each artisan.

Arlene (left) coordinates the livelihood efforts with the women weaving the water hyacinth bags also known as our "Water Lily Products." In addition, she works regularly with the women passing on important life values such as honesty, perseverance, and good stewardship.

Mia has two young Children & helps with quality control in the wallet making.  She weaves coasters to help provide additional income for her family.   Her husband works at a cell phone shop but doesn’t make enough to cover their living expenses.

Noralyn does the accounting for the coop.  She has three young children and the livihood helps her supplement her husbands meager income to cover basic living expenses too.    She would like to pay for her children’s education and then eventually go back to school to be an accountant after her children are older.

Cristy is married with two young children and is thankful for the wallet making livelihood. By receiving a Fair Trade wage, she has found a way to help her husband provide for their family as well as develop a skill that she enjoys.

Taya is married and has five children. So she is using her wallet making to help provide for her children. She is very thankful for SORA Products which have allowed her to install plumbing and a sink in her apartment as well as dental care for her family.

Nor-enn is married with four children. When she married relatively young after high school, she began weaving wallets as a hobby. Her weaving income has given the opportunity to add a loft to her home, and additional income for living expenses.

Nonisa is married with six children and has been weaving wallets for four years. Her husband and children help her weave wallets to provide funds for their school supplies. She is now saving money for their future needs as a family.

Laiba is married with two older children and runs a sari-sari convenience store in her community. She weaves both straw bags and wallets to supplement her income from the store. In her near future, she hopes to save enough money to buy her own home. Laiba is determined and has perfected her craft to the point that she is now training others to weave.

Aida is married with three children. Due to the violence in their community, her husband was wounded and needed urgent medical attention. She then turned to weaving wallets to provide for his care. Today, he is much better and is still in the recovering process.

Saima is married with two young children. Through her wallet making, she is helping to provide for her family’s daily living expenses. Her dream in the near future is to earn enough money to be able to send her kids to college.