About Us

  • Step Ahead is a Christian based integrated community development organization, based in Thailand, focused on partnering with the working poor to see comprehensive and sustainable transformation.  In Thailand, we are a non-profit foundation. In the USA, we are a 501c3 non-profit-charitable organization.

Step Ahead serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

  • ITSERA and Thai Totes are Step Ahead brands that change women's lives.  Women who otherwise may be at risk of sexual exploitation and poverty are proud to be able to hand craft beautiful Thai Totes or ITSERA products.
  • Thai Totes began to be produced by a women's group in Khao Lak in 2005 in the aftermath of the SouthEast Asian tsunami.
  • ITSERA woven leather purses began to be produced in 2009 by a group of women keen to change their lives and opportunity.
  • We are pleased that you are able now to buy ITSERA and Thai Totes products online that change women's lives. 
  • John & Kim Quinley lead a Thai team of several dozen Thai women who are amazed and proud to make beautiful handmade purses and accessories.  In the USA, a small team of dedicated staff serve to make sure ITSERA and Thai Totes are sent to you usually within one business day of your order being placed.
In the Thai language, ITSERA means freedom. So as you carry ITSERA or Thai Totes remember:
 FREEDOM COMES WITH EVERY BAG.


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