A Valuable Lesson Learned

Tagalong Bayong With every life-changing experience comes a very valuable lesson. The creation and development of RULA fashions has given us an amazing and important lesson.

One critical lesson learned along the way is that each lady in the community is truly unique. 

Each and every one had their unique talent showcased in the operations of RULA. One was good in sewing. One was amazingly fast in interlocking the papers together.  They were awesome. They created beautiful and sturdy bags with just their hands. They collaborated well with each other.  

In the beginning, they kept on talking about their limitations. They never failed to mention how limited their education was. It seemed like they were making excuses but as time went on, they just lacked self-confidence.

They didn’t need to make excuses because they worked hard to make RULA bags. 

There’s  a lot to learn from the community ladies. Interestingly, none of the learning points can compare to the concepts taught in a classroom. 

The ladies needed a confidence boost. Hence, a plan was created to identify and to groom team leaders.  That’s how Nida and Daisy became team leaders. Nida also became a trainer, teaching ladies from other communities.

There’s  a lot to learn from the community ladies. Interestingly, none of the learning points can compare to the concepts taught in a classroom. 

What started out as a small home-based project paved way to the plight of community women who stay home, make ends meet, and unfortunately, get pregnant along the way.  Getting them on board  was just a simple  way to empower them. 

RULA closed the retail part of the business a couple of years ago. It actually isn’t much of a business anymore, except for the website, Rulafashions.com, which is still used by other women in low-income communities today to learn how to make recyclable, durable handbags.

Nonetheless, Rulafashions.com lives on to inspire community women to cultivate their talents and find honest-to-goodness ways to alleviate their lives.