Laga Handbags was started as a continuation of tsunami relief when Roy van Broekhuizen was tsunami relief Coordinator for Saddleback church.
He brought the 1st volunteer team from the church in January 2005, less than 2 weeks after the earthquake/tsunami hit Aceh province, Sumatra, Indonesia.
His wife Louise started helping with tsunami relief June 2005 and when the contract with the church ended a year later, she wanted to find a way to continue helping.
Together with a missionary friend they walked around the capital, Banda Aceh, and found these primitively handmade products.
It was decided to bring some samples home, and Louise had her 1st home party at their condo in Newport Beach, CA.
She invited 20 of her friends, and they all were touched by her story, she sold out and 10 of the guests signed up to do their own home party.
So she asked Roy to bring more bags on his return, and Laga handbags grew rapidly.
On April 13, 2010, Laga’s bags were on the Oprah show which was about “Companies That Give Back” featuring Laga’s newfound friend, Malaak Compton-Rock.
Needless to say, orders came in every second, and everything in stock was sold, the last order went out end of November 2010.
Finally after almost 13 years, the founders felt that it was time to wind down and have Louise stop doing shows, which translated to 26 quilt shows per year until the last few years when shows were cut down to 6 and then in 2019 to 2 shows.
The last show was at MQX Quilt Festival in Manchester, New Hampshire, April 10-13, 2019, and all attendees + vendors bought everything that Laga handmade handbags brought!
What a superb ending, from the largest disaster in our lifetime, to an opportunity God provided and supported by many who have come alongside Laga since 2006.
We want to thank everyone that have been with us through these years, we will miss you all.
We will keep our website live, https://www.laga-handbags.com/, we will appreciate it if you will share our website with anyone you think might be interested in our products and cause.
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Continuing our adventure and journey and waiting for our next assignment from God.
Roy & Louise van Broekhuizen