ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Fashionable Bags Made out of Tie Box Twines © Copyrght 2014 Humabi Bags Humabi Bags To Give a Good Information About Humabi we decided to use the Q & A between Sunstar Newspaper and the founder Erika Soriano Mata.

This much-admired family who has been an ardent supporter of the Philippine Science High School's scholarship program launched their own line of bags to further support the cause. Know more about the Matas' must-have accessory and why it's making waves with bag lovers in this interview with Erika.

How did you start supporting the scholars of Philippine Science High School?

About two years ago, our good friend, Dr. Charina Dioso, who was the head of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) of Philippine Science High School, asked us if we can support some students who are really gifted but are just simply less fortunate when it comes to finances. We responded affirmatively on the level that we can afford.

We saw that helping dedicated students is a good investment because we know it won't go into waste. These are serious students and some of them can become great leaders of this nation thus our help can multiply as we may help produce brilliant citizens who can touch more people


What made you think about creating bags for the scholarship fund?

Richard and I are believers of education. We believe that anybody can get out of poverty if they will invest first in educating themselves. We wished to continue and help more students in PhilSci. That's when the idea of having a business that can help these students came in.

We are inspired by the business model of the popular shoes, Toms, that every time you buy a pair of shoes, Toms will be giving another pair for free to the poor children of Africa.

I am a lover of fashion by nature. I love bags too and very meticulous of the design and the linings, the zippers, the color, etc. So the idea came. And, we do believe it's divine.

What if we can sell bags of my design for this purpose? I will enjoy it at the same time! So we searched for sources of locally made bags but somehow wasn't successful at the start. But we continued our search and finally I found myself inside the Women's Correctional Institution.

Not that I did something illegal, but I found that I can have my designs produced there by expert tie box bag weavers. These weavers were also happy because it will really help them in their livelihood program. Talking with them and learning their stories on why they were there is truly heartbreaking. Most of them are mothers with students who also needed support.


Who will be the beneficiaries of the proceeds from Humabi?

For every purchase of a Humabi, bag lovers will be helping two groups of people: the bag weavers of the correctional institution and some chosen scholars at the Philippine Science High school.


Why did you choose the name Humabi as your bag's brand?

At first, I thought of another name. It was supposed to be "Sisidlan", one of the Tagalog terms for bags but when we did an Internet search, "Sisidlan" already existed so we need to think of another name. It took some time and then Richard said, "What's the Tagalog term for weave?" We searched our brains first but nothing really came out, so we shifted our search to Google and there it was: "Humabi". We looked at each other and then a light bulb appeared! We searched for Humabi bags in the net but there was none. We went to DTI and they said it was available and so we registered it as the official name for our brand of bags! Thank God!