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Programs

Economic Independence Program

ONE MOTHER'S innovative model for empowering women combines free-market thinking with great respect for the traditions of the women we serve. We teach mothers with HIV/AIDS the traditional Indian art of kantha quilting using recycled saris.

The result?
Beautiful, one-of-a-kind, handmade quilts, scarves, placemats and purses.

Then?
ONE MOTHER pays the women an agreed-upon, fair-trade wage, sells the products to the public, and reinvests the profits in health and empowerment programs to benefit the artisans and their children.

What will the women do with their proceeds?
  • Feed their families.
  • Send their children to school.
  • Buy medicine.

What will the women do with newfound hope?
The sky's the limit.



Support Our Partners Program

Through the ONE MOTHER Support Our Partners Program, profits from sales of the products fund grants towards new and existing women's health and empowerment programs of our implementing partner in India, TCDS.

Our partner, The Tambaram Community Development Society, is a non-profit and non-governmental organization legally organized in the state of Tamil Nadu, India in 1985. TCDS has 26 years experience providing vital programs benefiting extremely poor and/or HIV positive women as well as commercial sex workers throughout their community.

ONE MOTHER supports programs essential to mothers and children with HIV such as food supplementation, nutrition assistance, personal finance, and community building.

The programs TCDS implements are critical for a number of reasons. Food supplementation and nutritional assistance are crucial because patients with HIV need to eat well while taking their anti-retroviral drugs. In India, many patients are unable to comply with their drug protocols because they do not get the quality nutrition they need.

The moms in our program and the staff at TCDS have built a loving community where the women find support and guidance. This new family is our greatest accomplishment!


Awareness Program

The main goal of our ONE MOTHER awareness program is to provide up-to-date information and quality educational resources on poverty, hunger, and HIV/AIDS. The ONE MOTHER website is a place where mothers and their daughters in the U.S. can learn about how these issues disproportionately affect women throughout the world and what actions they can take to support and empower women and mothers in other countries.

Our Education and Resources pages and ONE MOTHER blog offer a worldwide perspective on women and motherhood and keep us in touch with our sisters in the developing world. The women of ONE MOTHER help us chronicle our successes and challenges via the ONE MOTHER blog. Bi-weekly blogs begin in October 2011. Visit the blog and meet women who will inspire us to do better.