Seven Hopes United is proud to offer handcrafted necklaces made by fair trade artisans around the world. Our fair trade partners include women from Uganda, Ecuador, Kenya, and other developing countries. Every fair trade necklace purchase benefits underprivileged artisan communities.
Our partnership in Gulu, Uganda, where our paper bead necklaces are made, provides employment to over 100 women. Your purchase of handcrafted paper bead necklaces also provides English lessons, finance training, AIDS and health education, and vocational training to the women. All of the paper bead necklaces are made from 100% recycled paper and other local materials. The women are part of a 3 to 5 year program that teaches them the skills and gives them the knowledge to either start their own business or join another business to earn a sustainable income.
Our fair trade partners in Ecuador create handcrafted necklaces from natural materials that have been sustainably harvested from the rainforests and lowlands of South America. Many of their fair trade necklaces are made from tagua. The tagua nut grows from the Ecuadorian Ivory Palm, Phytelephas aequatorialis, and is commonly referred to as “vegetable ivory.” The pods are removed from the palm and the seeds are left to dry in the sun for 3 to 5 months before they are ready to be carved into our beautiful fair trade necklaces.
At Seven Hopes United, we strive to provide high fashion, fair trade necklaces and accessories to a growing network of socially conscious consumers. All of our handcrafted necklaces are made by fair trade cooperatives who pay their employees a fair wage, provide safe working conditions, and sustainable employment to artisans around the globe.