Let me share with you the story of the Pursebook. The story can be summed up in one simple equation:
Pursebook = 2 Passons + 1 Burden
It all started during my soul-searching days two and a half years ago... when I had left the corporate world in search of my purpose in life. It was during that era when I discovered that what had kept me from boredom was creating products out of whatever I see in my room. Sometimes I would turn plastics bags into journal covers, other times I would chop a shampoo bottle in half and sew some folded scratch paper sheets in it. I preferred doing that over watching TV. People would tell me, "ang tiyaga mo naman!" ("you are so persevering!") But knowing the Sanguine in me, I am not really as persevering as I hope to be.
Hence, these two passions were born and recognized: (1) creating unique and functional items, and (2) recycling.
One event late last year probably also contributed much to this story. One of our maids, who was in her early 20's, suffered from a severe complicated case of dengue and passed away. She was young and beautiful. She was sweet and a bit quiet. She was away from her family, with no one to care for her, except strangers. This ignited a burden in my heart to help people in her situation, be it financially, mentally, spiritually or emotionally.
It's really sad, if you can just try to put yourself in their shoes. You leave your loving parents or even your very young baby just so you can earn way below minimum wage. You let go of your dreams to become a teacher or a lawyer, since you cannot escape the poverty eating your family up. If you don't work, there won't be food on the table. When you leave your family, there's also a possibility that your husband or boyfriend may become unfaithful, and you can do nothing in the big house you are in, but cry. Imagine that.
From then on, I usually ask our maids what they want to become. I was overly ecstatic when I discovered that one of our kasambahay named Faye loves to sew. To quote her words, "Gusto ko maging mananahi."("I want to become a seamstress.") Little did I know, the eureka moment was just around the corner!
I asked her if she would like to try sew some journals. With a big smile, she said, "Sure!"
And so we created the Pursebook! The Pursebook is a stylish innovation that blends the function of a notebook and the function of a purse together. It has a generous amount of pages (196 in total) and a compartment where you can place your pens, scissors, rulers, money and even your cellphone in. The pursebook is made from recycled jeans and recycled papers.
Here are some of our works:
If you would like to help some women financially, you may:
(1) Order these pursebooks for just Php290.00 (or $8 as a starting price).
(2) Allow me to teach your maids how to do these purse books and I would pay them for their work.
(3) Spread the word by sharing this link to as many friends as possible.
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply on the comment section below. Come and let's start a Purse Book revolution!
God bless you!