Founded in 1968, the Manos Cooperatives were established to create economic opportunities for women where few opportunities exist. This led to a focus on spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting, featuring the unique color effect for which Manos yarns are known. In addition to providing employment to artisans, the Manos Cooperatives offer health insurance, retirement pensions, paid vacations and paid maternity leave for its members, who also gain a sense of achievement and self-determination.
The Manos Cooperatives were also the catalyst for establishing kindergartens, at first as childcare for the artisans’ families, but which have ultimately expanded the educational opportunities available throughout Uruguay.
A member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Manos del Uruguay marked its 50th anniversary with a custom colorway, Cincuenta, which is a celebration of its accomplishments in vibrant color.
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