How We Use Donations
How Are Donations Used?
100% of your money goes back to helping the women and children in Honduras. If you make a donation for a certain item, that money then goes to supporting our makers and helps to keep them working. Many of our items listed on our website are made vary in cost due to quality and size.
How We Determine the Cost of the Items that We Produce:
Item Size or Time Spent to Produce: Each item takes different lengths of time to make. This is usually determined by how many hexagons are used and/or the difficulty of the design. Therefore, our Makers are paid different amounts for different projects.
Materials: Many of the materials the women use are donated, but sometimes we need to purchase items like paper, hexagon cutters, needles, thread, scissors, and sometimes fabric. *Though most fabric is donated.
Quilt Finish: We use a local Honduran woman to machine quilt all of our quilts. She also makes any of our other finished projects like table runners, face masks, or bags. This pricing is very low because it is done "in country". By sourcing a quilter in San Pedro Sula, this also helps support our quilter. Bonus!
Shipping: The total cost of shipping donated material to Honduras and finished items back to the states, is divided up by the weight of each item. Some people ask if it is cheaper to just buy the material in Honduras rather than having it donated and then shipping it down. Simply put, no it isn't. Shipping free fabric is more cost-efficient and gives us much more variety and quality.
Packaging: Each item is individually packaged when it arrives to the states. We buy our bags and boxes in bulk to save on costs.
All Overhead Fees: This includes listing the items, keeping our web design updated and fresh, quilt design, kit packaging, shipping and anything else needed is provided 100% by donated service hours.
When You Just Make a Cash Donation: It is important to us that you know that 100% of that money goes back to improving the lives of our women and their families. This money is not "earned" by the women and is 100% tax deductible if you donate.
We use these donations to help build homes, supplement the diets of our women and children with fruits, vegetables, formula and meat, as well as provide the tuition for their children to attend school.
We also use these funds to help with unexpected costs such as the medical needs of our Makers and their children. We have also used the donations to help with repairs or replacing items if there is a natural disaster—which is unfortunately quite common in Honduras.
It is important for us to be as transparent as possible. So please understand that not all of these funds go back to our Makers. Most of the donations do! However, some funds are given to family members of our Makers to also help relieve the anxiety of our Makers. They worry just like us about their families! In turn, this also gives us the opportunity to help other families in Honduras.