Our Story

Handspun Hope is an initiative based on the belief that solutions to poverty should be entrepreneurial, innovative and holistic. Handspun Hope currently employs over 120 at-risk women in northern Rwanda. Many are living with HIV and are survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi, which occurred in 1994. The women create gorgeous organic yarn from our own flocks of Merino sheep and German Angora rabbits. In addition to the employment of these women and a total of 157 employees, we also run the Hope Artisan Collective, a curated collection of beautiful products from our favorite artisans and cooperatives. Handspun Hope and Hope Artisan Collective are both certified members of the Fair Trade Federation which means our practices have been rigorously vetted. We are proud to be the only creators of yarn certified by the Fair Trade Federation.