These Groups and Enterprises Help Moms Reach Their Full Potential
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 04, 2019 11:15am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Moms are one of the most selfless human beings on earth—they will put their children’s welfare first before their own. Being a mother is the hardest “job” one could ever have. From the moment a child is born, a mom will be a mom for the rest of her life—no breaks or rest days.
Not all mothers are lucky to have all they need to raise their children. There are still underprivileged mothers, single parents or teen moms who need support. As a response, some of their fellow women empower mothers to equip them with skills that would help to make their lives better. And to further address women’s empowerment, these organizations are determined to help them reach their full potential.
Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF)
Beneficiaries: Single mothers
Kaisahang Buhay Foundation is a non-profit family welfare organization. Their main mission is family preservation and reunification, but also offers a home for single mothers. Through KBF’s Nazareth Home, they provide care for pregnant women. They offer shelter, pre-natal to post-natal care, food, counseling, and training.
Beneficiaries: Teen moms
World Vision is an advocate of child and youth welfare. This organization supports kids to go to school as they believe in the power of education in uplifting the livelihood of their beneficiaries. In this light, World Vision aims to support teen moms, educate about teenage pregnancy, and encourage people to sponsor a child’s education.
Grace to be Born
Beneficiaries: Pregnant women
Grace to be Born wanted to make young, and unwed pregnant women feel they are not alone. Pregnancy is a blessing and their main mission is to take care of the moms and their babies. This temporary shelter provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to empower these women. They also help them arrive with an attainable decision about the care and development of the moms’ child.
Beneficiaries: Underprivileged moms of Quiapo and Tondo
Earrings are fashion statements used to cap off a great look, but for the moms of Virlanie Foundation, these earrings are key to their future. These earrings came from Likhaya, an accessory brand under Virlanie Foundation who helps impoverished mom crafters from Quiapo and Tondo. You can buy Likhaya earrings at around 80php to 150php per pair. With each pair, you can support artisan moms, provide funds for Likhaya’s social programs, and help keep the social enterprise running.
Beneficiaries: Underprivileged moms and women
Tali came about when Liza Morales Crespo, design director of an agency in sustainable architectural design, and Marielle de Leon-Lazaro, who works with designing and producing clothes and accessories for the retail market, wanted to make a difference in the lives of the female inmates of a city jail in the country. To make an impact into these women’s livelihood, Liza and Marielle taught hand-woven designs and employed them as workers for the social enterprise. Now, Tali aims not only to empower mothers but every woman.
Beneficiaries: Mother weavers and artisans of Batangas
Habi Batangan is a social enterprise, which aims to empower the nanay weavers of Batangas. It provides a sustainable living for mothers, helping them generate a regular income. But apart from supporting the local weavers, Habi Batangan also focuses on revitalizing the centuries-old weaving technique. Not only Habi Batangan empowers women, but it also supports artisans and celebrates culture.
Beneficiaries: Low-income moms of Paranaque
Stay-at-home moms need not depend on their partner’s or government’s support for their income. Tejo Threads teaches mothers how to be productive through handcrafting accessories, which can generate income even if they don’t leave their homes. Catch Tejo threads at local bazaars or shop through their online boutique!
Moms sometimes need a little push to unlock their talents and skills. The light of the home deserves empowerment, and these groups and organizations are happy to be of service to support mothers in the Philippines. We salute you, moms!