mori creates functional and inspirational products for your everyday adventure. mori is a variant name of Moriel that means, “God is my teacher.”
Quitting a nascent career in marketing for some soul-searching, Mitzi Uy from The Philippines, found inspiration in setting up a small-scale business that later employed a few residents of poor communities in Metro Manila, Philippines. During her waiting years, she was always at home and the only thing she had was her bible and journal. She started creating her own journals and eventually created the world's first pursebook, a blend of notebook and purse.
One of their house help wanted to learn how to sew and the two tried out making pursebooks at home and selling them online on Facebook in 2011. They wanted to sell only 50 pieces that Christmas, but eventually found a demand greater than that. A chance meeting with someone from Sikap Buhay (Small Business Development and Promotion office) at a seminar Mitzi attended led her to Barangay Apolonio Samson. Sikap Buhay connected Mitzi with Baranggay livelihood project for women sewing washrags and potholders.
Rachel Lin from Singapore, was from a low-income family and was blessed to have her junior college teacher and friend helped pay off school fee. Having studied Business in university, she desires to use what she has to empower the less fortunate with sustainable livelihood.
In 2015, Rachel met Mitzi online while reading up on social enterprises in Philippines. They started chatting and soon became friends as they shared their common dream to reduce poverty through fair employment and product value creation and innovation. They also shared about how sometimes it can be easy to feel anxious about not being able to provide jobs for the mothers, yet releasing the burden to God and trusting that His heart for the mothers is bigger than theirs caused the lives of mothers to change.
Having run a social enterprise matcha5 (an online marketplace for disadvantaged artisans) for over a year previously, Rachel now join hands with Mitzi to work with youths, mothers, volunteers to increase demand and work for mothers in Philippines.
Meet the Makers
Home is where mori's story began.
mori provides mothers work from home opportunities, even though they are from disadvantaged backgrounds. This way, they can spend more time with their family, and take care of their children and watch them grow. Due to work, one of Mitzi's house helper had to be away from her child who fell ill. There are many Filipino mothers who face such situation.
When Rachel was in Philippines in 2008 with MILK, she also found that contraception is not widely practised and a household could have many children, making it more difficult for mothers to work, take care of all the children at home, and send some to school. About 80 per cent of the Philippine population are Catholics, and contraception is not widely practised. According to statistics compiled by the World Bank, the poorest section of the Filipino population has a higher fertility rate of 5.2 births per woman.
Our Social Impact
mori started with four mothers from Bgy. Apolonio Samson in early 2012, and works with about 20 mothers currently. The mothers that mori works with have minimal skills in sewing. They used to sew only rags that didn't require straight stitching. mori moms used to sew rags at peso 100 (S$3) a day now peso 400-500 (S$12) a day.
mori trains them until they are able to sew the products in good quality. We pay them per piece rate, at a rate higher than other manufacturing companies by 50%. We check the amount of time it takes to make the product and divide it according to the local living minimum wage.
Before, they kept on borrowing through 5/6 (loan program that charges high interest rate 20%, highly accessible but resorts to shady practices) which further plunge them in debt. Now, they are able to eat better food, and cover living expenses including college education of their children.
Ate Remy, who started with Mitzi in the earlier years now not only crafts, but is involved in training other moms and also research and development of new products. Her daughter Roselle has also chosen to work with mori in operations and sales upon graduation.
Our 3-fold Mission
Uplift poverty through sustainable employment of mothers who need to take care of their children at home at the same time
Champion purpose-driven life and thriving in adversity; encouraging self-reflection and expression of thoughts
Provide a platform to empower women across all walks of life - urban poor mothers, artists, crafters, sales advocates and even customers to create value together
Join us on our mission!
- Company Name: MATCHA FIVE PTE. LTD. Registered Company UEN in Singapore: 201418680R