Marvelous Ms. Melba Transforms Plain Water Hyacinths into Statement Bags
A few years ago, RULA was invited to teach in a small community in Pampanga. A lot of women showed up but only one persevered to learn how to make the bags and eventually, earn from it. That one woman was Melba Garcia.
At that time, she was bravely fighting breast cancer. She needed to earn extra income in order to support herself and her kids’ dreams. Nothing stopped her from learning the art of bag making. She immediately grasped the opportunity to learn from RULA fashions. To this day, Melba is still making beautiful bags. With each bag she continues to make, Melba shows her determination and passion to make life better for her and her family.
Melba’s variety of bags is quite interesting. She not only uses old, glossy magazines but water hyacinth as well. Water Hyacinth is a type of plant that grows rapidly fast. Though it has beautiful flower blossoms, it has the ability to make bodies of water lose supply of oxygen. If water loses its oxygen it can kill any animals that live in those bodies of water. Melba made good use of these water pollutants, transforming them into beautiful bags. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Melba is the perfect example of this great saying.
Here are Melba’s bags made from water hyacinth.
Here are the other bags carefully and beautifully crafted by Melba Garcia. These are all made from pages of glossy magazines.
If you want to order from Melba Garcia, you can contact her at +63939-489-8133. We hope her story inspires you and encourages you to be a part of our RULA family soon!