In 2008, Hope Haven International Ministries established Refugio de Esperanza (Hope Haven in Spanish), located in Antigua, Guatemala. The facility is a warehouse used for assembling and manufacturing the KidChair. Refugio de Esperanza employs people with disabilities – most have previously received their wheelchair from International Ministries. For many of them, this is an opportunity to learn job skills and earn a wage for their family.
The employees are trained to operate the machinery with assistive technology and educated on the manufacturing process for building the KidChair. Many of the employees are trained to help fit the recipient properly in their wheelchair. They are also able to use their life experience of living in a wheelchair to educate new wheelchair recipients and their families – how to deal with pressure sores, urinary tract infections, proper transferring techniques, etc. The wheelchairs are distributed in Guatemala, as well as around Central America and Mexico.