Mano a Mano is celebrating our 30th anniversary later this year! Mark your calendars for September 15th, 2024: we will be hosting an afternoon event at our St. Paul warehouse (925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104) to mark the occasion.

Our US office has come a long way: we’ve now been in our office/warehouse space for over a decade – after working out of our co-founders’ house in Mendota Heights, and using the backyard to store donated medical supplies and equipment in the early years, for nearly 2 decades…
Joan and Segundo Velasquez’ backyard in Mendota Heights, Minnesota

We’ll share more information soon.

Our Story

In 1994, Mano a Mano Co-Founders Segundo & Joan Velasquez came together with friends & family to address 2 problems: in Minnesota, hundreds of thousands of pounds of usable medical supplies and equipment are thrown away each year; in Bolivia, basic supplies were desperately needed and we knew we could put these supplies to good use. At the time, Bolivia had one of the highest rural poverty rates in the world, and despite making progress, there is still much to be done in partnership with communities throughout Bolivia.

Over the years, we have grown into 5 counterpart organizations that have kept the same “mano a mano – hand in hand” approach – connecting resources in the US & Bolivia with strong community-based partnerships – to construct hundreds of sustainable community projects throughout Bolivia. We ensure that each project is well-equipped and maintained, and that complementary training and education programs are also provided.

This video was made at our 25th anniversary celebration in 2019:


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