Manos del Uruguay consists of 13 co-ops in 17 small villages in Uruguay’s countryside. MANOS is a non-profit social organization which, since 1968, has provided jobs for craftswomen living in Uruguay’s rural areas who own & run it.
MANOS’ commitment to the environment is reflected in the use of luxurious natural fibers such as pure wool, silk, alpaca, cashmere and cotton. The rational use of water and other resources as well as the avoidance of harmful chemicals during the dyeing process is enforced.
In 2009 Manos del Uruguay was accepted as a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). This achievement acknowledges Manos del Uruguay mission of eradicating poverty through sustainable economic growth, enabling craftspeople to improve the quality of their craft products, so that, in this way, they can continue their personal development.
You can tell the provenance of each hank of yarn that MANOS makes, because the person who dyed it has also signed the label. When you purchase this yarn, you know exactly who is benefiting from the sale. MANOS’ procedures involve transparent management and commercial relations to deal fairly and respectfully with trading partners.