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Lorielinda Bella Marte

2023 Fellow

Owner/Founder/President, Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association, Inc.

Lorielinda Bella
Malaybalay City, Philippines

Lorielinda Bella Marte is the founder-president of the Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association (TWWA), and its marketing arm, TWWA Enterprise. Lorie believes that indigenous women can practice self-determination if given more economic and educational opportunities. Her social enterprise seeks to preserve and promote the Bukidnon-Tagolwanen weaving, as well as the customs and traditions that surround it, as an economically viable source of employment for women weavers.

Before starting her social enterprise, Lorie graduated from the Business Administration course at the Philippine School of Business Administration. Her experience working in the finance department of non-profit advocacy groups for indigenous peoples, women, and labor also greatly helped her prepare for her role as a social entrepreneur.

Under Lorie’s leadership, TWWA was awarded the Gawad Gabay award in 2018, TWWA Enterprise was also awarded the Partner-Operator of the One Town One Product (OTOP) Hub in Malaybalay, Bukidnon to promote local products. She was a presenter in the Sinag Spark 2021 Social Enterprise Business Challenge for local social. Lorie was a participant in the 2021 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Growing Indigenous Businesses Through Trade training program. She was recently selected to receive the Go Negosyo Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur Award for Inclusive Business in March 2023.