Gala, One of the Knitters at Our Hands For Hope.

By: Cinthya Rubio, Marketing Director @ Our Hands For Hope

Gala, age 50 from Trujillo, Peru was affected with polio as a child. This has left her with a life long, leg disability. She is a single mother with a 17 year old daughter, Michella. Despite her disability, Gala has always had a smile on her face and a very positive attitude, which she has gracefully passed on to her daughter.

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Meet Gala, she is one of the Our Hands For Hope knitters from Trujillo, Peru.

Over the years, Gala’s health problems have increased, one of her kneecaps has made it more difficult for her to move around. The only way for her to relieve some of the pain is to have knee surgery, but with a very limited income she has had to put this procedure off.

Today, with the help of Our Hands for Hope she is part of a network of women that have the sole objective of working together and helping each other. Violeta, our Peruvian coordinator, sent word about Gala’s need for surgery and asked if we would be willing to increase one of our orders by just five items… The women had come together offering to hand knit the extra pieces and donate their earnings to cover the cost of Gala’s surgery. Together, the women have created beautiful alpaca knits and have raised enough money to pay for her surgery!

Here is a video that Gala’s family sent to us:

Gala has received  the needed surgery and is recovering nicely. Gala’s story warms our heart, seeing how our knitting community came together to help her is priceless. But none of this would be possible without you. With your purchases, we are helping women help themselves.

Fall Fashion in an Indian Summer

By: Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope

California is known for its great weather and incredible outdoors. Here in Northern California, our story is a little different. While the sun definitely heats things up in the Napa Valley, our friends directly south in San Francisco aren’t so lucky.

Thankfully, San Franciscans are finally experiencing their Indian Summer. As the rest of the country starts to get into fall, San Fran is extending summer just a little bit longer with some fun in the sun.

Here’s an ode to knits in an Indian Summer. While the rest of the country begins to bundle up, you can still rock a beanie and some boots as the sun shines through fall.

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