Amazing Hope Scarves is an international knitting project which provides livelihood for marginalized women by teaching them how to knit high-end fashion accessories. The participants are able to knit where they live with their children/family; no electricity is necessary; and they are allowed to work flexible hours. Women are paid per piece according to Fair Trade Principles and quality standards.
The first group of women was organized in Caracas, Venezuela where the women were confined to a drug rehabilitation center with no means of financial support. They successfully learned to knit and to market the fashion accessory products. From Caracas, the project was invited to set up in Cairo, Egypt where a group of women had escaped from Sudan and were living in a refugee center without work or any means of support for their families. This knitting project in Cairo, which was designed to provide these refugee women with skills and resources for a livelihood, became the second international project.
The third knitting project was set up in La Romano, Dominican Republic. Here refugees from Haiti as well as poor marginalized women of the Dominican Republic came together from 8 sectors around La Romana and learned how to knit the high-end fashion accessories. These products were successfully marketed to Caribbean cruise ship tourists and local buyers which were part of a strong market for the fashion items both in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Today, the project has been implemented in the Philippines. It operates under the umbrella of the NGO/non-profit organization – Morning Star Ministries, Inc., which has been registered since 1987. By joining with 2 established NGOs whose people are in need of livelihood, we are able to use existing facilities and help people where they live. Our current projects serve marginalized/homeless women at: 1.) San Lazero Infectious Disease Hospital with Precious Jewels Ministries which ministers to AIDS affected families and children, and 2.) the Shiphrah Birthing Home in Antipolo through Help International Ministries, Inc..
We are selling the fashion accessories informally at bazaars and other events in Manila but the Lagazpi Sunday Market in Makati, Metro Manila is our home base outlet.