What We Do
Threads of Hope has the Easy Part: Empowering.
We buy and sell artisan-made textiles. The textiles are created by Peruvian artisans rising out of poverty through hard work with needle and thread. The artisans are the heroes and heavy lifters of this project.
Train and Empower Artisans
First of all, ToH trains artisans in quality, design, business, and productizing their goods into sellable merchandise. We enjoy empowering and building relationships as we work alongside these amazing people we serve.
Threads of Hope orders textiles every month from the artisans so a routine income source is created. Once those textiles are stateside, that is when our work begins.
Work with Volunteers
Due to volunteers who give their energy and innovation to sell the textiles, shows pop up all over the U.S. Threads of Hope sales shows up at places of worship, local art fairs, homes, workplace, or any location that feels like a welcome marketplace.
Sell Textiles - Internet and Consignment Sales
Celebrate Compassionate Consumers
21st-century consumers care far more about the source of the goods they buy and the amount of return to the producer. They care about ethical purchases to empower disadvantaged people. Most noteworthy is Threads of Hope’s give back to those we serve, returning 100% of the profit to the artisans. Profit from textile sales does not pay for any overhead expenses for the organization.
Give Back through the Hope Grant Fund
As a result of our volunteer sellers, we are able to use all profit to benefit the artisans. The Hope Grant Fund, created from textile sale’s profit, is yet another tool for empowering project participants. Artisans can access grants for poverty alleviation in the areas of education, housing, healthcare, and small business or community development.
Verify our Impact
Finally, ToH verifies that we are truly breaking the cycle of poverty. Each year we travel to see and work with the artisans. We document progress in person, on film, and through data collection surveys.
Share our Financial Transparency
submits itself to rigorous outside review in the form of a financial audit done by a certified CPA. Those audits are part of public records at Guidestar
and Independent Charities of America
“I stood on a cobble road in front of an artist’s home and looked back at an imposing dirt hill. Many homes on that hill looked like weak plywood boxes. The artisan home I entered was very different than the boxes on the hill, it had concrete walls, a solid roof, electricity and running water. The joy and pride she had in showing us what she’d accomplished was heartfelt. That is when I really understood the difference Threads of Hope can make.”– Joleah, a ToH Supporter