American Author/Healer Helps Honduran Women Become Financially Independent

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Holistic healer and author Malana Ashlie has always sought to help others. When she decided to retire in Honduras, she saw a need for women to achieve financial independence through entrepreneurship, so she established the Single Mothers Project.

Restoring personal authority is an important aspect of the Single Mothers Project.

When American-born holistic healer Malana Ashlie moved from Hawaii to Honduras, her desire was to practice her theories of using food to heal chronic conditions. The undernourished children in her small beach community became willing participants. While her purpose was to improve health through nutrition, she soon found herself healing levels of poverty by helping women in establishing the Single Mothers Project.

The focus of the Single Mothers Project is to help mothers develop financial freedom through small home-based businesses. Ashlie began the project when a neighbor who fishes for a living could no longer pull in the heavy fishing nets due to a pregnancy. Ashlie suggested she make jewelry from sea glass that washes up on the beach and helped her find a market. Another woman Ashlie helped has a bakery business that she worked with just one small gas can and a tiny apartment stove. The woman bakes all morning and sells her pastries by walking the streets in the afternoon. Both of these women were hardworking but only creating an existence living, so Ashlie started the Single Mothers Project to give their businesses a needed boost.

Ashlie says of the program, “Restoring personal authority is an important aspect of the Single Mothers Project. I want this project to become self-governing, managed by the women it has helped. They know and understand the community, its people, and their needs. My vision for this little beach community is that it might set a standard for the country. Women finding financial freedom through their own independent businesses, their voices heard in government and their influence helping the country rise above the poverty that incubates crime.” The stories of the women involved in the project can be found at

Ashlie is donating proceeds from her new book to the project. The book, “The Threaded Gem Adventure, or How to Connect the Jewels in Your Life,” began when Ashlie collected beads from all her loved ones around the world to create a necklace to celebrate her sixty-fifth birthday. The book details not only how to do this project, but how it became an adventure for the soul that created a loving ripple effect for everyone involved. Readers will not only enjoy creating the necklace but also the satisfaction of knowing they are helping women in Honduras through purchasing the book.

About the Author
Malana Ashlie is a board-certified traditional naturopath and meta-physician. She works as a holistic counselor, focusing on helping those afflicted with chronic conditions. She offers guidance in her consultations, books, and the healing vacations held at her home outside La Ceiba, Honduras. She says, “My mission is to do all I can to bring peace and healing to this planet for my grandchildren and future generations.” Ashlie is the author of the newly released “The Threaded Gem Adventure,” and the award-winning “Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey.” A third book, “Shift: A Pathway to Peace” is waiting for publication.

“The Threaded Gem Adventure, or How to Connect the Jewels in Your Life” (ISBN 9781490920160, Create Space Publishing, 2013) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.

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