"In the fabric of humanity, our lives are woven together. We are all different, yet the same. Our Hands For Hope serves as a thread, to bind each of us together."
"Changing Lives one knit at a time."
If traveling to another country, people tend to Google “top 10 things to see or do". If going to Peru that list would suggest visiting Machu Picchu or enjoying amazing food in Lima. It would be hard to believe that the majestic place they want to visit has people living in extreme poverty.
When an international missions organization visited Peru, they visited places like Trujillo. Despite the lovely town center and beautiful hotels set up for tourist, they only needed to travel 15 kilometers away to witness “La Esperanza”, a barrio known for being the most unsafe area in northern Peru with the presence of poverty, lack of jobs, and high numbers of single mothers.
Unlike many nonprofit organizations, they knew that collecting donations to then invest in these areas to give handouts to those in need would not suffice to create a permanent change. Instead they partnered with Creation Peru (a non-governmental organization) and offered training in textile arts such as crochet, knit, and embroidery.
Our Hands For Hope, a social enterprise, was then created here in the US to establish partnerships with the women that received the mentioned training. The main company goal is to create sustainable incomes to better the lives of impoverished women by the means of business and design mentorship to bring their products up to par with standards and trends, along with distribution, marketing, and a platform to introduce their products to the international market. Basically our structure and goal is to never give handouts-all wages are earned, because we aim to empower these women, always with hope and dignity.
With the women of Trujillo, we have created a fashion line using luxurious Alpaca yarn and silky Pima cotton that Peru has to offer. Our artisans make each item with high quality standards in mind, but most importantly with love. By combining the exceptional technique of the artisans with the designs created and curated by our company designers, we have been able to forge an apparel line that caters to a discerning clientele that wants unique hand-crafted knitwear.
More than 400 women have been trained in textile arts and business fundamentals. 85 of these women now have their own independent businesses that we partner with. Six women, from the first group that received training, are now actively teaching the techniques they learned in new barrios. Due to the success obtained with our training programs, large companies in Peru, have made in-country socially responsible funding available to allow extended training opportunities for more women, granting them the possibility to obtain marketable skills and empower them to take control of their lives and the lives of their children.
Join with us as we change lives...one knit at a time!