Meet Lorie C.

  • Neglected at an early age when her mother died.

Lorie came from the province of Masbate. She was the sixth child in a family of ten. She was very young when her mother died, and her father was devastated. He lost his motivation to work and did not realize he was neglecting his children.

“When I was fifteen, a neighbor recruited me to become a house-help in Las Piñas. The idea of a free ride attracted me so I went with her. I expected Las Piñas to be a busy city. Instead, it was a rural one and reminded me of my home province. This made me cry and long for home. It did not help that my employers were very strict. I had to work very hard and get up early; many times I worked with an empty stomach. Their children were so cruel to me. At one point I could not take it anymore and fought back.”

Lorie called her sister who was working in Manila, for help with finding a different job. Her sister told her she was working in a restaurant, but when Lori arrived in Manila she found out the “restaurant” was really a “beerhouse.”

Lorie started waitressing at this restaurant during the day, while her sister worked the night shift. All the workers at this restaurant lived in one house. She was barely sixteen, quite shy and did not mingle with the others when her sister asked if she wanted to work the night shift. Lorie consented. The bar owner was very strict; he did not allow them to go out with customers. Still, it was difficult because to earn money, they had to drink. She and her sister finally decided to leave the restaurant and went home to their province.

When her sister went back to Manila to work at another bar, Lori followed. However, she did not want to work in a bar again. She saw that her co-workers who had families were not respected by their husbands, and she did not want that to happen to her.

  • How she got started in this livelihood project:

Then she came across a local organization and started doing cross-stitch projects. At first she found it boring and wanted to give up, but her sister encouraged her. Through constant support, she realized the value of commitment. Lorie is now married to a man who knows and accepts her past, and God has given them two lovely daughters. “I am fond of making jewelry, and what I am earning is a big help to my family.”

Work of Your Hand has purchased earrings, bracelets and necklaces made by Lorie.

  • August 2012 Update:

We met Lorie for the first time and found out that before the organization helped her, she could not read. However, she has worked very hard and is now pursuing her high school diploma! Being quite motivated with a strong work ethic and a love for God, she now has hope and has grown from being one of the girls making jewelry to being one of the Servant Leaders in charge of the jewelry project.