Mercedes Parra Foundation

Mercedes Maria Parra Forbes

Mercedes Maria Parra Forbes was known for her kindness and generosity. She is for whom this organization is named and it is in her memory that we do our work!

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure gender equity by promoting sustainable economic development through training, consultancy, and direct support of individual women, groups, and organizations.

Our Programs

MPF’s work targets five dimensions of female empowerment and opportunity:

1. Economic participation
2. Economic opportunity
3. Political empowerment
4. Educational attainment
5. Health and well-being

Junk to Jewels

Junk to Jewels

Empowering women and preserving the environment through the power of social entrepreneurship



Supporting female agriculturalists in developing countries to transition from subsistence to market-oriented farming by providing grants and interest-free loans, capacity building, and technical assistance

The Nia Network

Providing an immersive and intensive exploration of self-awareness and transformative leadership

MPF Micro Grant Program

Micro-Grant Program

Awards small grants, between $100-$500 USD, to help support the humanitarian efforts of individual women and women-centered organizations

Operation Santa Clau

Operation Santa Clau

Providing clothes, books, and toys to families in need in developing countries

Ladies and Lattes

Ladies and Lattes

Coffee house style meetup is a space for women to come together and talk in a relaxed setting over a cup of coffee (or tea), make some new friends, and start the week off feeling renewed, focused, and motivated.

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We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our various initiative and many volunteer needs can be done remotely! If you would like to learn more about volunteering with our organization, contact or visit us on!