Our Story

Our Vision

Our vision is to support the sales of handwork created by disadvantaged artisans around the world to bring about life-changing economic development.

The Mission

The mission of Threads of Hope is to break the cycle of poverty through strategies that empower the economically disadvantaged.

Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Heb. 13:16

Here is how we accomplish that:
Empowering Artisans by Purchasing Textiles

Empowering Artisans by Purchasing Textiles

ToH is unique in that we work with each artisan group in the most effective way possible taking into account the realities of their situation. Fair, consistent, and reliable monthly income is earned by participating artisans and secondary producers in the Lima project, where there is direct access to the artists. For newer projects, in outlying mountain villages, ToH has adapted to the realities of remoteness. Currently, in the rural villages, ToH buys every other month from these obscure groups; in as direct a way as is possible. Geological and language challenges sometimes require dependence on others to gain access to the most remote groups. ToH works in these isolated areas to train untrained artisan groups into business models that will allow direct access to them and their work while building infrastructure and relationships for a strong future.
Generous Volunteers Selling Textiles and Donors Supporting the Work

Generous Volunteers Selling Textiles and Donors Supporting the Work

We’ve come to call our volunteers the “Giveback Corp.” They are an amazingly kind and generous group of people who share their time and energy with us,  and along with our financial donors they make ToH possible. We are inspired by the ToH donors and volunteers who give so much of themselves to make all this possible. Their generosity of spirit to give time, talent, and treasure enables ToH to maintain our 100% giveback. Without middlemen selling the textiles, there is so much more that we can give back. And then, to top it all off, through the gifts of generous donors, we are able to underwrite our operating expenses so that all profit from textile sales supports our give back through the Hope Grant Fund. It is remarkable what can be accomplished when we all work together.
Giving Back to Break the Cycle of Poverty

Giving Back to Break the Cycle of Poverty

Our 100% giveback is inspired by our faith, believing that we should care for the least of these in the best most generous and life-affirming way possible. Empowerment is key. It is important for all people to gain dignity from their work and with the knowledge that they can make a difference in their lives – they have empowered by hope. Whichever way we buy from the artisans, direct or indirect, our goal remains consistent: 100% of the profit from textile sales is made available to participating artisans through the Hope Grant Fund. The grant fund is used to break the cycle of poverty through directed grants available to participating artisans and their communities. Grants are awarded in key areas for poverty alleviation: education, housing, health care, sustainable small business development or community needs.

Discerning people ask, “What is 100% of profit?” Our response, “Everything beyond the original purchase price, less shipping, booth fees, and direct selling expenses like price tags.” Threads of Hope fundraises to cover overhead expenses so that not one penny of the revenue from textile sales funds overhead. We are able to maintain an overhead of between 2%-4%. Our greatest joy is that we, who have so much, are able to return so much to the artisans we serve.

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