Malden, Mass.—Who doesn’t want to support an organization that has the word hope in its name?
Project Have Hope is a fair trade organization that empowers female artisans from the Acholi Quarter in Uganda. What started with rolled paper beads has turned into a broader line, featuring jewelry as well as home goods and textile accessories such as headbands, yoga mat bags and backpacks.
Since its inception, Project Have Hope has accomplished:
- Sponsorship of more than 100 children in school
- Loans to 76 entrepreneurs
- Vocational training for 32 women
- Adult literacy classes for 22 women
- Agricultural programs
“What makes Project Have Hope stand apart is its focus on helping individuals,” says founder and director Karen Sparacio. “It’s not about tossing charity money at a desperate situation, but working with the community so that women can pull themselves out of poverty. It invests the profits in the women’s future: their careers and their children’s education.”
Fair trade companies always have the challenge to create merchandise that remains true to the country’s artisan aesthetic, yet is also welcome to a fashion-savvy consumer in Western countries. Project Have Hope has struck the right balance.
For more information, go to Projecthavehope.org