Over the past 20 years, Honduras Threads has returned $700,000 to the Honduran women who participate. The women make hand-embroidered pillows, table runners, placemats and other textiles. Honduras Threads sells the items they make and provides raw materials and technical assistance.
The first sewing co-op opens in Santa Cruz Arriba as part of a multi-faceted mission trip from Church of the Incarnation, Dallas.
A New 501(c)3
In 2005, Honduras Threads becomes a separate nonprofit to continue marketing embroidery in the US and meet demand for more co-ops in Honduras.
Annual Training Begins
Starting in 2010, mission teams from Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church begin to travel annually to the Honduran co-ops to teach new skills to the women.
Arte y Creatividad Formed
In 2017, Honduras Threads becomes incorporated under Honduran law as a member-owned social enterprise, Arte y Creatividad. The women own their own business outright, and the five groups can work together as one.
A Growing Social Enterprise
Today there are more than 40 women working in the social enterprise Mujeres Artesanas Arte y Creatividad in rural communities near Tegucigalpa, the capitol city of Honduras.