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Our Hands For Hope: Winter Outfit Ideas!December 9, 2014 by Leanzy Kate Peterson

Our Hands For Hope doesn’t just provide us with cute clothes-they also provide sustainable incomes for impoverished women in Peru. That’s because all of their clothes are handmade by women in Peru. Their story is incredible and you can learn more about it by visiting www.LikeNapaWithLeanzy.com. There you will find my interview with founder Terisa Brooks-Huddleston. In this video, you can check out my Our Hands For Hope outfit ideas!  Enjoy and let me know which outfit is your favorite!

Game Day Glam!

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

The 2014 World Series is the 110th edition of Major League Baseball’s championship series. This year two amazing teams, The San Francisco Giants and The Kansas City Royals, are facing each other to see who takes the title and bragging rights of being Champion.

Today game 7 will be played and the team that wins takes it all!

Usually when attending a baseball game or party, it is customary to wear the team colors that you are cheering for. If you have a team t-shirt or jersey, that will definitely score you some extra fashion points. Showing off your fashion sense at these events is usually not a prerequisite to attend, but have fun with it, it is “America’s Pastime” after all!

I have put together two looks for todays World Series. The name of the game is “Game Day Glam“!

SFGiants GameDay

 Dress up that team t-shirt! One of this seasons trends is leather or pleather. Dont want to look like you arrived on a Harley Motorcycle?
Soften up the look by adding a lacy “Greta” Scarf!

 

KC Royals GameDay

 

Blue Jeans are always a great go-to wardrobe piece but for some extra glam look for some that have a metallic finish, glitzy and shiny accents are coming strong this season. Add some extra texture to this sleek look Luchita Sweater and a Mirna beanie

Visit www.OurHandsForHope.com to check out our Fall/Winter collection.

Our Hands For Hope featured in “Your True Colours” Magazine.

We were fortunate enough to share our story with the readers of Your True Colours this month. Your True Colours is an all digital magazine presenting real fashion for real people highlighting up and coming companies. 

Thank you True Colors  for the opportunity to share who we are and what we do!

 

OUR HANDS FOR HOPE

SIMPLE TOOLS CREATING MODERN DESIGNS.

HANDMADE, HONESTLY SOURCED, ETHICALLY FASHIONABLE

BY  CINTHYA RUBIO, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR @ OUR HANDS FOR HOPE

If traveling to another country, people tend to Google “top 10 things to see or do”. If going to Peru that list would suggest visiting Machu Picchu, enjoying amazing food in Lima, flying over the Nazca Lines, or exploring the Amazon.  Once travelers experience all these breathtaking sites in Peru and return home it would be hard for them to believe that the majestic place they just visited has people living in extreme poverty.

When members from Project New Hope International visited Peru, their eyes were open to a different reality. Moving away from the city lights of Lima and the enchanting Cusco ruins, they visited places like Trujillo. Despite the lovely town center and beautiful hotels set up for tourist, they only needed to travel 15 kilometers away to witness “La Esperanza”, a barrio known for being the most unsafe area in northern Peru.  The presence of poverty, lack of jobs, and high numbers of single mothers made the Project New Hope Members wonder how these families had come to live in such circumstances.Within the last twenty years Peru has gone through some major changes. The political arena has left many scars upon this country; the memories of corrupt politicians and guerrilla groups that terrorized the people for years still come to mind. These rebel groups along with a corrupt government have now been linked to thousands of deaths and disappearances over the last 20 years. As a result families have been torn apart. Women have been moving out of the highlands into the cities looking for a better life for their children and themselves. When they arrive they are met with a lack of housing, money, and employment. The barrios, shanty towns, become their neighborhood. If they are fortunate enough to find any employment they have to travel miles out of the area to work, leaving their children behind.

Unlike many nonprofit organizations, Project New Hope International knew that collecting donations to then invest in these areas to give handouts to those in need would not suffice to create a permanent change. Instead they partnered with an international Non-Governmental Organization, Creation Peru, to offer extensive training in cultural textile arts, such as crochet, knit, macramé, horquilla, crewel, and embroidery. These two organizations knew that in order to help the people of the barrios of Trujillo, it would be necessary to empower them and strengthen their abilities in order to create a sustainable practice that will have long term effects.

Our Hands For Hope, a for profit socially responsible company, was then created here in the US to establish partnerships with the women that received the training offered. The main company goal is to create sustainable incomes to better the lives of impoverished women by the means of business and design mentorship to bring their products up to par with standards and trends, along with distribution, marketing, and a platform to introduce their products to the international market. Basically our structure and goal is to never give handouts-all wages are earned, because we aim to empower these women, always with hope and dignity.

With the women of Trujillo, we have created a fashion line using luxurious Alpaca Yarn and silky Pima Cotton that Peru has to offer. Our artisans make each item with high quality standards in mind, but most importantly with love. By combining the exceptional technique of the artisans with the designs created by the owner and head designer of the company, Terisa Brooks-Huddleston, we have been able to forge an apparel line that caters to a discerning clientele that wants unique crafted items.

We launch both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter lines each year and have been fortunate enough to be able to showcase our items in 45 stores and boutiques spread across six US states and Canada as well as on our website http://www.OurHandsForHope.com.

We have been able to combine the best of the fashion world and the socially responsible world… now you can look great and feel great knowing that what you are wearing is helping change the life of a woman, her children and her community. Help us continue this great adventure by purchasing one of our beautiful fashion accessories and by sharing our story with your friends and family. We initially set out to reach the women in Peru, but with the success we have experienced, we have now been invited to take our sustainable business model into other countries. This next year we are excited to bring to our customers an extended line of artisan products from India, Cambodia and Sumatra.

See the full magazine HERE

Jacqueline Scarf

Jacqueline scarf is in-stock in our online store or visit a retailer near you.

Jacqueline scarf : visit a retailer near you.

The Jacqueline scarf is a great addition  to an casual look. In Northern California we experience cool, sometimes, foggy mornings and this is the perfect piece to wrap around and keep you warm until the sun burns through that fog. It is also especially nice to have available when you are out wine tasting in the cool wine caves that can get chilly to wrap around your shoulders until you come back out to the vineyards!  It comes in some great summer colors and neutrals.

Liliana Shawl

Liliana Shawl by Our Hands For Hope

Liliana Shawl : visit a retailer near you.

The Liliana shawl is a great accessory piece for an elegant evening out doors or casual brisk day by the beach with friends and family or in the cool shade of the redwood trees. No matter where you vacation this is a great staple piece and will be sure to give your loved ones another reason why they need to snuggle up with you… not that they need one!

Benita Poncho from Our Hands for Hope

Benita Poncho from Our Hands for Hope

Deep Red Benita Poncho from Our Hands For Hope a summer must.

Celebrating Inspirational Women: The Men That Inspire Me…

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

When we started this adventure of Celebrating #InspirationalWomen I immediately knew which women in my life have had a strong influence on the kind of woman I have become today. Being such an easy task to identify them does not remove the merit and acknowledgment they should receive, but easy has never been my profile. So how about honoring the men that stand beside, support, cheer on, challenge and inspire women? Yeah that sounds more like it.

To my demise when  I googled things like “men that stand beside women, men that support their strong woman, men that cheer on their woman, men that challenge and inspire women” everything had a “sentimental relationship” connotation!  Here are just a few of the many things that I found:

Yup, that’s just a small taste of what I found on the surface… then I saw this article on Forbes titled: “Suzanne Venker: Men Aren’t Mad At Women’s Success–They Just Don’t Want To Help”. I must say it still wasn’t what I was looking for and it touched the evidently inevitable sentimental relationship aspects between men and women but it did have a more professional setting sprinkled here and there throughout the article.  There was a quote on there that did get me thinking:

“One of the reasons men are less successful today is because women have been insisting for decades [that] they don’t need a man!” she says. “So men stopped reaching as high as they used to.” But as women continue to reach higher and higher towards success, will men reach lower and lower? Will they even be able to lift a finger? –Excerpt from Meghan Casserly’s  Forbes article.

WOW really?!? Maybe this general feeling is why the search for stories of women honoring the supportive men in their lives has been hard to find! Do I feel like this? Should I? HECK NO!

I might be one of the select few to have great men that are inspiring and have been influential in who I am today, or maybe “Strong, successful, inspiring” women just aren’t as willing to share the platform with men. Now I am definitely more eager to share!

No doubt that my father has played a big role… He’s not your typical “Mexican Macho Man” but does have cultural characteristics of a Mexican Gent. I’m certain that my Grandmother played a big role in him not doubting the strength of a woman…  He also found a woman that was not your typical housewife, the interaction between my mother and him has always portrayed a feeling of “we are in this together, we will both push forward”- so clearly I am looking for the future man in my life to have that mentality as well.

Father with baby daughter

Dad with baby girl #3 (me)

What surely made my father become a supportive man was the fact that he had three daughters.  He could have taken the easy route and let girls be girls, but he challenged us to help fix things at home- not just clean, to explain sports and invite us to watch games with him- not just shoo us away to play with our dolls so we wouldn’t interrupt, to learn basics of car maintenance should we ever get stranded- not just rely on AAA.  He went that extra mile to make sure that the girls he would send out to the world would not only be caring but independent should a man not be present, knowledgeable beyond caregiving and cooking, and strong should they have to face adversity in life.

Because of the things dad exposed me to, it has always been easy for me to have guy friends. These friends have always told me that my lack of an extremely “girly attitude” helps them be able to talk and share more openly what they think. The simplicity and ease of these friendships with men have taught me how to avoid talking behind the backs of others and simply say what roams in my mind without sentiment getting in the way- and that has helped me in the business environment. Curiously, when I have had doubts regarding big steps in life, it has been my guy friends telling me that I am more than capable, worthy and strong enough to do it, whereas most of my girl friends have instated doubt and at times fear to move forward, always with the idea of helping me avoid grief of possible failure and safeguard my feelings. Without a doubt I have studied, traveled, loved and even jumped out of planes because I am more than capable, worthy and strong enough to do it… but I know failure and have felt the sting of broken feelings, but I too am more than capable, worthy and strong enough to endure those.

The best friends a girl can ask for!

The best friends a girl can ask for!

Last but not least, the amazing men that have served as mentors while in college and during my career must be mentioned. I have been blessed to have professors that bluntly expressed that my worth as a professional would be undermined simply for being a woman; therefore mediocre efforts in their classroom would not be tolerated in order to prepare me for the real world. Their words of encouragement, not sugarcoating what to expect in the jungle, and even that one professor that flunked me and made me retake his class because he felt I did average instead of exceptional, have opened many doors in my professional life, giving me the opportunity to venture into many fields of work and “mostly” enjoy every moment of it… I have learned to gain respect of my coworkers, and have received advice from businessmen, that in my mind will forever be priceless.

So to all the  men out there, go beyond the feelings that Suzanne Venker mentions in that Forbes article, please don’t stop reaching as high as you used to… because girls, and women like me, need challenges! Let’s both continue to reach higher and higher towards success to inspire generations of both girls and boys to come.

The James Brown “It’s A Man’s World” became the soundtrack to the writing of this post.

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Who inspires you?

We have been collecting stories and celebrating the #InpirationalWomen in our lives. We’ve received great stories and would love to receive more!

Send yours toinfo@OurHandsForHope.com
Please keep your story to around 300 words or less.
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celebrate the woman in your life send story to info@ourhandsforhope.com

celebrate the woman in your life send story to info@ourhandsforhope.com

celebrate the woman in your life send story to info@ourhandsforhope.com

celebrate the woman in your life send story to info@ourhandsforhope.com