Patterned Pot Holders
Made in: The Dominican Republic
Artisan Group: Manos Esforzadas
Who knew a pot holder could be a meaningful piece in the home? This set of two handmade pot holders has been handmade with love by the artisans at Manos Esforzadas in the Dominican Republic and invites endless charm to your culinary endeavors. Elegant in its simplicity, the sturdy design has been crafted to double as a beautiful piece hanging in your kitchen when not in use.
FMSC food partner Buckner International started Manos Esforzadas after realizing that there are so many Dominican women who struggle every day to raise their families and to find a successful form of employment. Many of the women of Manos Esforzadas sold empanadas in their community, offered upholstery services or Christmas decorations to their neighbors, but many times the empanadas were not sold, their neighbors were not interested in the upholstery or paid very little for the Christmas decorations that had taken so long to craft.
Manos Esforzadas began with just one woman, teaching her the techniques and the correct way to design a quality product. It has been a long, learning process since then, but today the program employs nine women as part of the project and they dream of seeing more and more women involved every day. Each artisan is paid a fair wage that enables them to provides for their families. Manos Esforzadas aims to renew themselves every day, thinking of new products that support these beautiful women.