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The Dominican Republic

Manos Esforzadas

Manos Esforzadas is a ministry of FMSC food partner Buckner International, a global non-profit organization dedicated to transforming and restoring the lives of the people they serve. Manos Esforzadas began with a dream of seeing vulnerable communities - where women struggle to find employment - move forward, develop, empower themselves, and be agents of their own change. The program now employs nine women who create beautiful, handmade items for the FMSC MarketPlace. These artisans receive a fair wage that helps them provide for their families' everyday needs.

Meet the Artisans

Dinorah

Dinorah works as a seamstress for FMSC MarketPlace partner Manos Esforzadas in the Dominican Republic. The program helps women from vulnerable communities develop skills in textiles and handicrafts. Artisans like Dinorah are able to work at home, thus generating an income for their family while also being home to care for them. Dinorah dreams of one day owning her own store.