MANOS CRUCEÑAS ARTISAN STORE
Featuring textiles and jewelry made by graduates of CECAP’s sewing, beading, and weaving courses, Manos Cruceñas Artisan Store provides work to over 90 female artisans in Santa Cruz. Economic opportunities outside the home are scarce for women in Santa Cruz and those available, are often low-paying. Working for Manos Cruceñas provides women with a fair living wage, combined with the flexibility to work in the home and take care of their children. Amigos also provides artisans with non-economic support, such as nutrition and empowerment workshops to help them build health households.
Now with an online store and wholesale clients across North America, Manos Cruceñas is a stable source of income for many artisans in Santa Cruz, including women who are making an income of their own for the first time.