Manos de Madres has created and sustained business opportunities for over 600 women in Honduras, South Africa and Rwanda. These women have not only improved their own lives, but also those of more than 3,000 children. Through their increased income, they are able to enjoy better nutrition, housing, healthcare, and family education by paying school fees for their children.

Initially focused on crafts for export sales, we are successfully evolving Manos de Madres programming to support business opportunities that are locally sustainable and not dependent on an increasingly saturated Fair Trade craft sector and competitive global marketplace. This strategy promotes more resilient livelihoods and financial independence. We have narrowed and intensified our geographic concentration on post-genocide Rwanda where we work exclusively with women who are living with HIV/AIDS in partnership with the US-based organization, WE-ACTx.

In 2014, Manos de Madres launched a micro-lending program in a continuing effort to implement a range of business opportunities reflective of the needs, desires and abilities of the women with whom we have the honor to work. The initial recipients of the Manos de Madres loans are all members of the WE-ACTx Young Mothers Support Group (YMG). These women have completed basic literacy education and a one-year entrepreneurship-training program. During the training, the women developed elementary business plans including site analysis and sales projections. The selection of loan recipients is made collaboratively by Manos de Madres, WE-ACTx counselors and all twenty members of the YMG.

PLEASE NOTE: One hundred percent (100%) of donations are utilized to promote entrepreneurship, as Manos de Madres is an all-volunteer organization in the US. Thank you for taking this journey with us!

Manos de Madres is a TN based 501c3 nonprofit organization; Tax ID 26-1354613.



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