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Inspiring Women Series | Interview: Anna Veloso Tuazon of Abre Linea

Inspiring Women Series | Interview: Anna Veloso Tuazon of Abre Linea

 In the midst of tragedy, Anna Veloso Tuazon of social enterprise Abre Linea -- along with two of her high school friends -- has become the light at the end of the tunnel for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Leyte and Samar of central Philippines. This is her story.  1. Can you briefly tell us about yourself -- where you’re from, your background and upbringing etc.? I am Anna Veloso Tuazon, a lawyer, a mom, a wife, and a social entrepreneur. My family is from Leyte, while my husband’s family is from Samar. I spent a considerable part of my childhood...

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Inspiring Women | Interview: Becky Stanbridge of Lumago Designs

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Inspiring Women | Interview: Becky Stanbridge of Lumago Designs

It's Women's History Month! To honor female greatness, I'm putting the spotlight on the powerful women leaders who are at the helm of some of my partner brands. The phrase women empowerment encompasses so many things as far as its true meaning is concerned, but to me personally, it's all about lifting other women up! And this is precisely the goal of my interview series this month. Women empowerment means finding inspiration in the stories of other women.Today, I share with you the story of Becky Stanbridge, owner of Philippines-based social enterprise Lumago Designs.  ******* Q: Can you briefly tell me about yourself...

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WATCH: Rising from the Ashes

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WATCH: Rising from the Ashes

The Philippines is a country known not only for its exquisite handicrafts but also its devastating typhoons. According to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an average of 20 typhoons hit the country every year. In 2013, the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan affected over 14 million people across different provinces; a staggering 7,360 people were left dead or missing. Haiyan still remains to be the most powerful and destructive cyclone that the Philippines has ever experienced. Because of tapering relief efforts in hardest hit areas Samar and Leyte, social enterprise Abre Linea was brought to life. Watch the following clip to learn more...

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WATCH: A Tale of Second Chances

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WATCH: A Tale of Second Chances

Gawad Kalinga is a Philippines-based movement that aims to eradicate poverty for 5 million families by 2024. One way to achieve this is through social entrepreneurship, and my partner brand Plush & Play is part of that plan. Watch this clip to learn more about this toy company and the seamstresses that bring their eco-plush toys to life.     Final Thoughts… I’ve previously mentioned how social entrepreneurship can bring about significant change in society, and my partner brand Plush & Play is doing just that. By forging an alliance with the seamstresses that work for them, they are able to...

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WATCH: Turning Trash into Opportunities

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WATCH: Turning Trash into Opportunities

  My partner social enterprise Lumago Designs is a sustainable/fair trade jewelry brand based in Dumaguete, Philippines. Check out these videos to learn more about the brand and their beautiful artisans! Video 1: Bead the Change   Video 2: The Voices of Lumago Artisans   Video 3: More from the Artisans FINAL THOUGHTS... Most of the time I feel that Filipinos have come so far in terms of being more progressive in their views — then something comes up on social media that makes me question my belief, which in turn leaves me wondering if Filipinos really are the progressive thinkers...

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