Foundation History


Supporting female agriculturalists in developing countries to transition from subsistence to market-oriented farming.

mission & vision

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


We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our various initiative and many volunteer needs can be done remotely! 

recent programs

Our Women's Leadership Circle has partnered with the DC Public Library - Northeast Branch to host our monthly live workshop series in Washington, DC.

Our founder

Mercedes Maria Parra Forbes

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

I believe in a world where gender should not determine one's ability to maximize their human potential. 

MPF MicroGrant Program

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

2010 - The Mercedes Parra Foundation (MPF), was established to honor the passing of Mercedes Maria Parra Forbes.

2012 - The MPF MicroGrant Program was established.

2014 -  MPF announced it's initiative to promote health and well-being in Haiti.

2016 - The Women's Leadership Circle was established.

Mercedes Parra Foundation

The Women's Leadership Circle

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