LOCAL HANDICRAFTS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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

In Gyumri, the snow and freeze arrived sooner than expected. Winter is the season thatt is less expected no matter how beatiful and magical the nature can look. This period is associated with cold. Warm jackets, sweaters, scarves and gloves are needed to protect kids and their parents from the harsh weather. 

What these wonderful ladies do is time-wasting but working hard. They are busy by crocheting various types of mini animals, key tags, rattles and even more. The mission is simple - provide their kids with the Christmas magic and New Year celebration joy. Meanwhile HDIF is doing its best to connect them with the markets and raise awareness about their talents and skills. We reached our small goal to make sure these families have had a wonderful Christmas celebtration in secure and peaceful atmosphere.

So many people who purchased their handmade items left such a positive feedback. They admire the talent and such unique skillset they have in Gyumri. 

HDIF wants to be sure these women have a solid roof over their heads, food on the table, and education for the kids - make sure they are prepared for the winter and for generations to come. This is how HDIF works to break the cycle of poverty. 

We break it step by step. And we appreciate every support by everybody.

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Gohar, Founder of Kapan Crochet
Gohar, Founder of Kapan Crochet

In Kapan, the leaves on the trees are starting to fall. Winter is on its way. Fruits and vegetables from the garden are pickled and jarred. Warm jackets, hats and gloves for the kids are needed to protect from the harsh southern Armenian winds. The roof needs to be patched. 

So, Gohar and more than a dozen other women are busy crocheting over 20 different products for HDIF, including tape measure, vibrating animals, pencil cases and more.  And HDIF markets them to the world, making sure they are ready for the winter. 

HDIF wants to be sure these women have a solid roof over their heads, food on the table, and education for the kids - make sure they are prepared for the winter and for generations to come. This is how HDIF works to break the cycle of poverty. 

We do it every day, and we do it well.

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Christine our volunteer from Boston!
Christine our volunteer from Boston!

Since its inception, HDIF has had many volunteers walk through its doors that have each left a solid impact and contributed to our growth. We currently have two amazing volunteers that we wanted to take the time to highlight! 

Our first volunteer, Christine, joins us from Boston, Massachusetts. Through Birthright Armenia, she has devoted her summer to volunteering in her ancestral homeland. Back home she is an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston studying accounting. She will be graduating this upcoming year and has plans to pursue a master's degree in accounting. Christine is thrilled to be volunteering in her native land especially because her role at HDIF has a significant impact on the lives of people in the Armenia's rural communities. 

Next up, we have Alek, an incoming Junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign pursuing a BFA in Industrial Design. His career goal is to design sports apparel with a focus on athletic footwear. He has had a passion for footwear design from a very young age and hopes to one day develop innovative products to help athletes perform at their absolute best. Alek is currently volunteering at HDIF this summer through the AYF Internship in Armenia program designing bags and accessories. It has been a very rewarding journey for him this summer to be part of a unique group of people to help improve the lives of Armenians living in Armenia while also gaining design and professional experience in his homeland.

HDIF would sincerely like to thank Alek and Christine for all their hard work and contribution to HDIF's devotion to create jobs in Armenia! Without volunteers like them and donors like you, our mission would be much more difficult to reach. We hope that we continue to receive love and devotion from volunteers and donors around the world. 

Thank you from the HDIF family!

Alek from Chicago!
Alek from Chicago!
Volunteers in product development meeting
Volunteers in product development meeting
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Yereqnuk Handicrafts - Koghb, Armenia
Yereqnuk Handicrafts - Koghb, Armenia

Since 2015, HDIF has been a provisional member of the World Fair Trade Organization. Over the course of the past couple years, HDIF has been working hard to complete all necessary applications to move our membership forward. Last month, HDIF received approval for its self-assessment application and improvement plan. Our next step was to receive our audit and 2 weeks ago, we did just that! As part of the audit, HDIF and our producer partners spent 2 full and rigorous days answering questions about the mechanics of our operations. Part of the time was spent at our office here in Yerevan and the rest on the road visiting 3 producer partners. We visited Yereqnuk Handicrafts in Koghb which focuses on hand painted leather work, Spitak BeeArt which created hand rolled natural beeswax candles and Spitak Bags which makes hand sewn backpacks, coin purses and iPad covers. At the end of the 2 days, the auditor was able to gain a clear understanding of the ins and outs of HDIF

We are excited to receive the outcome of the audit which we expect under a months time. We at HDIF are confident that WFTO will find that we function in compliance with all 10 fair trade principles in accomplishing our goal of creating jobs for women in vulnerable regions of Armenia!

BeeArt - Spitak, Armenia
BeeArt - Spitak, Armenia
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Samples for our 2017 export collection
Samples for our 2017 export collection

Over the course of the past year, HDIF and its producer partners have moved forward with mighty strides. The numbers really speak for themselves. HDIF has experienced a growth of over 40%. Further, 40% of HDIF's individual producer partners have each experienced a growth in sales of over of over 50%. Our top 4 producer partners of 2016, in terms of sales, are Berd Bears, Goris Crochet, Kapan Crochet and Yereqnuk Handicrafts.

Another huge accomplishment for us has been that all HDIF producer partners have registered as legal entities and function within the legal frameworks of the government. All new HDIF producer partners must function within the same framework in order to enter cooperation with our organization. 

We look to the coming year with great optimism and courage to continue the steady growth we have been experiencing. It has been an uphill battle to get where we are today but with a growth in staff, a clear outline of roles within the office, a clear sense of dedication and, finally, help from our donors, we will continue to facilitate our goal of creating jobs for vulnerable groups in the regions of Armenia!

Visiting Yereqnuk Handicrafts
Visiting Yereqnuk Handicrafts
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