The Manos del Uruguay Cooperative was started by 5 women in order to create employment for women in an economically deprived country. This was no mean feat in Uruguay in 1968 when women didn't have their own incomes. I love their yarn for it's beauty but also for what it represents.... there are now 17 individual cooperatives, each providing a local community with fair waged employment.
I find the story of the Cooperative inspirational and particularly enjoy the following words by Elisabeth Sosa, an artisan and former president of the board
"We were learning to group, have meetings, administrate money, make decisions, organize orders, deliveries and stock, take charge of all the coop’s needs and make ourselves responsible for them. We grew up and found aptitudes we hadn’t imagined we had. It was a revolution.”