The Sager Family Foundation Initiatives

Hands up Not Handouts

Hands Up Not Handouts mentors women of the developing world in the design and production of unique, one-of-a-kind goods. The initiative focuses on helping women artisans translate their traditional handicrafts into high-quality and innovative products that can be marketed at a premium price, using the profits to support the women's families and communities. All of the products featured in the program, in addition to being cool and hip, serve as symbols of friendship, hope and global connection bridging not only the cultural divide but also the economic one. The Sager family uses their business acumen and passion for design to work closely with the artisans on product development, strategy, marketing and distribution, creating a significant return on investment for all involved. The first to be featured on its e-commerce website ( are collections from Rwanda and Palestine. The Qalandia Women's Cooperative in the Qalandia Refugee Camp in the West Bank of Palestine has created stylish, traditionally embroidered bracelets for men and women that are just beginning to penetrate the global market. In Rwanda, Hands Up Not Handouts works with two basket-making cooperatives, Agaseke and Gahaya Links, to create earrings and necklaces using traditional basket weaving techniques. Agaseke is a public program that trains and employs women from the capital city of Kigali, lifting them out of poverty and allowing them to eat three meals and day and send their children to school. Gahaya Links, a private program, works with poor women all over the country, whether they are former prostitutes, HIV positive, or just desolate and out of work to train them in this traditional skill. Gahaya Links is currently selling products in Starbucks and Macy's.

Teacher Training Center in Pakistan
Coaches as Mentors in Iraq
Football in Palestine
Science for Tibetan Monks
Rwanda Microenterprise (Sager Ganza Ubukene)
YPO Presidents’ Action Net
Afghan Women Doctors
  - Community Health & Leadership Training for Female Health Professionals
Afghan Women Doctors
  - Masters in Public Health Program