our story

Handspun Hope is an initiative based on the belief that solutions to poverty should be entrepreneurial, innovative and holistic. We currently employ over 200 at-risk women in northern Rwanda, many of whom are living with HIV and are survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi, which occurred in 1994.

The women of Handspun Hope create gorgeous organic yarn and fiber products from our own flocks of Merino sheep and German Angora rabbits. In addition to the employment of the women at our center in Rwanda, we also run Hope Artisan Collective, a curated collection of beautiful products from our favorite artisans and cooperatives throughout East Africa.

Handspun Hope and Hope Artisan Collective are both certified members of the Fair Trade Federation, which means our practices and vendors have been rigorously vetted. We are proud to be the only yarn creator that is certified by the Fair Trade Federation.