LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

by Homeland Development Initiative Foundation
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LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
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LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

HDIF is so excited to share with you that HDIF’s CEO Timothy decided for his 65th birthday to push forward the fundraising campaign dedicated to the organization. The total amount raised is about $ 5,000, which was achieved in only 2 weeks. What a fantastic result!

This was an amazing experience that wouldn’t be possible without each of you, who contribured in our mission to help Armenian women living in the regions of our country, 

We want to thank you for your generosity and hope towards the future of our Motherland. Together we can make this world a better place!

Just to remind, HDIF is a Fair Trade Organization that supports  Armenian artisan women from different Armenian regions, as well as Syrian-Armenian refugees, giving them the opportunity to find work in their local communities. The handicrafts they created are mostly exported to different countries such as the USA, UK, or Switzerland, and presented locally in a showroom "Impact Shop by HDIF" at Impact Hub Yerevan. 

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Anna from Koghb
Anna from Koghb

Anna, Arusyak, Satenik are three young women helping to run Koghb Art School, which was founded 15 years ago. It was established to enrich the lives of people in the community by promoting an appreciation for art and culture.

“It was only because of HDIF we were able to keep eight new jobs during the pandemic. Shops were closed and there were no tourists”. - says Anna from Koghb border villageThe Yereqnuk team has a lot of new ideas of beautiful and unique products. The core group consists of 8 artisans, but it can reach up to 18 or more depends on the order from HDIF. The Yereqnuk is one of the most sustainable producer partners of HDIF. It's profit goes to supporting the Koghb Art School and engaging young generation into these kind of initiatives. 

Beautiful Purses made by Koghb Artisans
Beautiful Purses made by Koghb Artisans
Painting on the Armenian letters at Koghb
Painting on the Armenian letters at Koghb
Satenik from Yereqnuk
Satenik from Yereqnuk
Yereqnuk Group and Tim, CEO of HDIF
Yereqnuk Group and Tim, CEO of HDIF
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We have great news! HDIF family is getting bigger and bigger.
We have recently started cooperating with a group of talented young people from Voskevan village of Tavush in Armenia. 
Tey make our beautiful Christmas cards which were recently very popular among our customers. We got a lot of orders and good feedback about their work. These are the three design that they mainly do: Pine forest for Christmas, Voskevan in the snow, Christmas tree.
They've always made cards, but collaboration with HDIF opened new opportunities for them. As Voskevan is a bordering village, there is not much to do for youngsters besides agriculture. Most of them seek the stable employment to support their families. This is how these artsy people came up together to do something which is close to their hearts.We found out about Voskevan group through the help of our producer partners in Koghb, Armenia. This is such an inspiring how HDIF producer partners help us to expand our mission and vision. We hope to see them grow more in the very near future!
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Lena and Her Sister
Lena and Her Sister
Lena is an Armenian from Aleppo. She moved to Armenia with her sisters in 2014 because of the war in Syria. Tricot-knitting had been her occupation for many years. Upon arriving in Yerevan, she continued her career, and in 2016, Lena and her sisters established a small family business.
They founded LENA, a wool-clothing brand that offers unique, high quality sweaters and fashion garments, especially for children. She’s one of a few Syrian Armenian women working with HDIF.
Lena shared, "Having my input in this kind of initiative is very rewarding. Usually, I make woolen home decor and seasonal items. Lucky me many people find them beautiful and that’s the main motivation for me to continue my work."
HDIF has helped Lena expand her collection to include home decor and seasonal items. Today she employs other Syrian Armenian women as a result of the high demand for her quality products. Most Syrian Armenians are based in Yerevan. With their expertise and craftsmanship, they have enhanced the rich cultural fabric of Armenia.
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Maral at HDIF's store-office
Maral at HDIF's store-office

Maral is one of the talented creators of HDIF's artisan handicrafts.

Maral came to Armenia with her family from Syria in 2015. Here she started a small handicraft business on her own, which has begun its wholesale production under the auspices of HDIF. Maral works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Armenia  by making different products for their MADE 51 project. 

She enjoys her job a lot, which used to be her favorite hobby. Ever since Maral was a child, she had the unconditional love for Armenian culture and traditions. Maral's grandmother decided to teach her embroidery techniques. And It has been transformed into a creative handicraft based on a variety of traditional elements and symbols. 

Maral has a unique artistic vision. Many people not only in Armenia but also abroad have noticed her beautiful works. That’s how she began participating in various international exhibitions held in Syria, France, Brazil, Canada and other countries as well. Today she gives master classes of handicrafts to Armenian women who want to pursue an art career.

Necklace with Armenian Symbols
Necklace with Armenian Symbols
Ornaments with Marash Traditional Embroidery
Ornaments with Marash Traditional Embroidery
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Homeland Development Initiative Foundation

Location: Yerevan - Armenia
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Twitter: @HDIFarmenia
Project Leader:
Timothy Straight
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Kentron, YEREVAN Armenia
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