Manos Amigas supports small artisans in slums settlements of Lima and rural villages throughout the country, providing training, resources, and markets to sell their products. Your purchase preserves Peruvian handcraft traditions, and creates a sustainable livelihood and hopeful outlook for some of Peru's poorest residents.
Handicrafts in Peru are of both cultural and economic importance, and it was in this context that Manos Amigas was founded in 1991. With experience working for companies that exported handicrafts, Yannina Meza, her brother Roberto (a church minister), and her mother (a handicrafts teacher) set up their business to support local artisans. The goal of Manos Amigas, meaning "hands of friendship," was to help develop and export quality Peruvian traditional handicrafts to fair trade markets around the world. Serrv International was one of its first customers. Artisans affiliated with Manos Amigas benefit from advances on their orders, technical assistance, help with new product design, and training in areas such as administration, accounting, and production. The organization devotes 20% of profits to social work, providing warm meals, school uniforms, and school supplies to poor children, and scholarships for children of artisans. Today Manos Amigas works with more than 350 artisans belonging to six artisan associations and 70 family workshops in Lima and throughout Peru.
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