Small business owners, especially women entrepreneurs, are important to both their immediate communities and the local economy. Research shows that there are around 28,000 Women’s SMEs (WSMEs) in the country or around one in four of all SMEs in the Philippines.
Entrepreneurs who are also mothers at home — the so-called mompreneurs — founded their businesses with the goal of improving their family’s lives. These businesses encourage creativity and empower women to be financially independent.
The online community Madiskarte Moms PH (MMPH) is one such support group for moms who are starting their own businesses or scaling up their existing ones. MMPH has its own Facebook group and YouTube channel that feature posts and videos of moms sharing advice and best practices in online marketing and selling.
These mompreneurs have created intensely personal businesses and, as such, their dedication shows in their products — proudly handcrafted, each one never the exact same copy of another.
Here are four of the best handcrafted products from inspiring mompreneurs:
1. Bible journals by Love, Mama V
For those who like to write down their thoughts and prayers during their regular Bible readings, Vannie Roxas’ Bible journals are a great companion. Initially made for her own use, she started her business this year when her workload as a freelance social media manager became less demanding.
“At the workshop I learned that there are so many products we can do — it was a bit overwhelming. But I thank God because he led me to create products that are aligned with my passion and faith. I really use Bible journals to help my faith grow and I wanted to share it with fellow devotees who want to jot down their meditations.”
Roxas’ also now offers a Prayer Journal, Biblical Affirmations notebook and other products to help her customers in their faith journey. She says she feels very blessed as the business gives them additional income.
The journals — simple, usable, thick and long-lasting — are priced at P220 each.
2. Handmade relief balms and salves by Nurture Moms Balms
Christine Joy Llameg sells homemade balms and salves that help treat annoying skin conditions such as rashes and dry skin. The healing salves are made with all-natural ingredients, such as essential oils and botanical extracts, and they also avoid chemical camphor.
“Anything minty is not allowed to touch his skin so I first made a salve for him, and that sparked the idea of eventually selling them.”
The business also helps fund therapy sessions for Llameg’s four-year-old daughter Irie, who’s in the autism spectrum.
Llameg personifies the mom who never gives up no matter the odds. She shares that this is her third business idea after two failed ventures. “Life is really hard but when I think about my daughter, I feel like I can do anything.”
3. Realistic paper flowers by ICreate-paper flowers
April Baltazar’s paper flower designs, which imitate popular flowers such as roses and daisies, give off a very realistic feel.
Baltazer started her business eight years ago after she stumbled on a Facebook post about giant paper flowers.
Baltazar admits that the market is now saturated with numerous competitors, but “we are able to meet all our needs and wants solely by selling giant paper flowers. This business has truly helped my family financially.”
4. Polymer clay earrings by Cess’s Official
Cess Tordes’ handcrafted floral-themed polymer clay earrings are perfect to either accentuate a subtle outfit or complete a larger-than-life look. They’re also great for all ages.
“I got the idea from Pinterest. I saw earrings that were so beautiful that I made some for myself. When I posted them on Facebook, a lot of people inquired where they could get them or if I was selling them. I couldn’t do it full time because I work full time for an AU-based company. Making polymer clay earrings is both a side business and a hobby,” the mompreneur says.
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