From the Manos del Uruguay Website:
“Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit social organization which, since 1968, has provided jobs for craftswomen living in Uruguay rural areas.
Manos del Uruguay defends and promotes Uruguayan identity, being part of the weave that constitutes the essence of our country, where culture and tradition are mixed in an exchange that is reflected in each one of our knitted products.”
During 2009, and after a long and exhaustive evaluation process, Manos del Uruguay was accepted as a member of the World Fair Trade Organization ? WFTO, which operates in 70 countries and brings together more than 350 organizations, 100% committed to Fair Trade.
A few years ago nobody could have ever imagined what that initial idea, arisen from the need to palliate the difficult situation of countryside women, would finally become. Manos del Uruguay is a collective construction, to which the founders, the artisans, the adhering members, the employees of the Service Center, and many volunteers have contributed their creativity, work and enthusiasm throughout these years.”