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Our Reason for Being


Happy Friday to you!

Today I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about the vision behind Seven Hopes United and why we are passionate about the fair trade industry. We’re based in sunny San Diego, but we’re an online business spanning the whole globe!

When you set out to shop, you may not normally think of ways your spending money could impact the world for good. But—what if you could help end poverty in the world by shopping? Seven Hopes United believes that consumers have the power to make a difference by supporting sustainable and fair business practices in their everyday purchases.

Our dream is to help empower and enrich the lives of communities worldwide by providing a means to a living wage for thousands of disadvantaged artisans and their families.

We specialize in marketing stylish, handmade, fair trade and eco-friendly gifts from around the world. Your purchase of fair trade products ensures that our artisans are paid a living wage for their work, working conditions are safe, and no children are exploited. We are committed to promoting a sustainable lifestyle. We strive to source products that use recycled and natural materials through a traditional handmade process.

Each product is hand-picked by our buyers with our conscientious customers in mind. Our products are sourced from small-scale artisans who are passionate about quality design. Our gifts are curated because they either make us laugh, or touch our hearts.

Our Name

The inspiration for our name, Seven Hopes United, comes from hope. The 7 of Seven Hopes United, represents the seven continents of the world. The idea of Seven Hopes United is that as consumers we would recognize how our purchases affect people of the world.

Without fair trade, producers of disadvantaged nations work for minimal wages and are unable to provide basic human needs for their families. Our hope, as Seven Hopes United, is that we would unite as one nation to take on our mission of creating a globally conscious fair trade market that enriches the lives of communities worldwide.

Our Logo

Our logo represents the villages we are able to support through Seven Hopes United. The houses reflect the style of homes in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, where the idea for Seven Hopes United was born. The colors represent the hope of a bright future for disadvantaged producers and their families through your patronage.

Why is Fair Trade Important?

As consumers demand more and more cheap consumer goods, more factories are being built in developing countries to produce those goods. As we all know, many of the products we use every day are produced under poor working conditions in China. Due to the lack of opportunities in rural villages of China or other parts of the developing world, many people have left their small, traditional communities to move to large cities or factory towns in search of this kind of work. A plethora of problems stem from this migration of people to cities for factory work:

  • Often these workers are not fairly compensated for their labor, and are unable to support their families
  • Workers often face dangerous working conditions, long hours, and few or no days off to rest
  • When work is scarce or wages are low, women are often coerced or forced into the sex trade, and become victims of human trafficking

How Fair Trade Can Help

Seven Hopes United supports a trading partnership based on the guiding principles of Fair Trade. Fair Trade supports sustainable development for excluded and disadvantaged producers by ensuring that the artisans making the products are paid living wages.

At Seven Hopes United, we believe that above all else, our business should be based on respect:

  • Respectful of ourselves and our own personal commitment to integrity.
  • Respectful of basic human rights and the dignity and worth of all people.
  • Respectful to our environment by reducing our carbon footprint, and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
  • Respectful of our commitment to invest in disadvantaged communities, and provide a living wage to our employees and producers.

Why We Support Local Artists

Seven Hopes United primarily offers fair trade merchandise, but we also feature products made by local artisans. How does this fit into our philosophy?

Our mission is to empower communities around the world, including communities here in the U.S. as well as in developing countries. We are Seven Hopes United, 7 continents united by the hope of fair wages, working conditions, and a prosperous future for our families. When asking a mother from any part of the world what she wishes most for her children, the answer may come in many different forms of language, but they will all say the same thing. She wishes for an education for her children, that they will be healthy, and go on to live happy and successful lives.

Our local artisan pieces are chosen with a purpose. Every product and artisan has a story – perhaps their craft was learned from their mother, who learned from her mother, who learned from her mother. Or maybe the artist was chosen because they are devoted to using recycled materials in their products. Whatever the story may be, each product is made by hand, by real people, and your purchases help support them in their craft.

Your Impact

By shopping at Seven Hopes United, you become an essential piece in enriching the lives of thousands of artisans and their families worldwide. Every purchase through Seven Hopes United induces change – here’s how:

  • Provides economic stability and a living wage for disadvantaged producers throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East
  • Provides work for victims of human trafficking in India, Cambodia, and Bangladesh
  • Provides healthcare, school fees, and community buildings to weavers in Southern Sudan
  • Protects sea turtles on beaches near Kenya’s Kiunga Marine National Reserve
  • Supports orphanged Rwandan youth affected by AIDS & genocide
  • and more…

Our Recycling Program

Seven Hopes United is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and promoting a sustainable lifestyle. Because of this, we purchase as little packaging materials as possible; we reuse almost all packaging material that is shipped to us. So when you receive a package from us, please do not expect a brand new cardboard box. Instead, expect a re-used box. And if you see styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap inside, know that we are simply reusing them and doing our best to keep this material from entering the wastestream by recycling it.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit of our story today. If you want to learn more or find out about volunteer or job opportunities with us, feel free to reach out here! We would love to  hear from you!



Join our Fair Trade Alliance!

In the United States and other developed nations, we have the means and the freedoms to start our own businesses, put our skills to work and to expect that our ventures will reasonably succeed. In many other parts of the world, this opportunity is not available. Either locals don’t have access to the materials and finances to produce a product, or they are treated poorly while doing so. The fair trade movement has gained momentum by helping those in impoverished, suffering areas to produce, market and sell their goods and services. Seven Hopes United – Fair Trade Market of the World is an online retailer that has adopted this ethical business model, attempting to make a change while making a profit.

Earlier last year, my partner and I teamed up and fused our experiences in social work and successful business development into the vision that now guides Seven Hopes United. I was completely captivated by the notion that I didn’t have to move to Africa or Latin America to make an impact in the communities there. I took my knowledge of international community development, and worked to develop partnerships between fair trade cooperatives around the world. The majority of producers come from three underprivileged groups: women rescued from sex trafficking or abuse, those suffering from HIV/AIDS and people living on less than $1 a day.

Now we are partnering with other Fair Trade organizations like Scarlet Threads and Eyaas.com to shine a light on other globally conscious organizations. We want to encourage those who are passionate about fair trade to not only purchase our products but start discussions about the need for such companies.

Through Seven Hopes United and organizations like Scarlet Threads, we hope to provide a chance for the hardworking poor to create a new lifestyle for themselves. It’s not charity. We have ongoing business relationships with these organizations. Each producer must have fair trade certification and produce high quality products. Roughly half of each dollar goes back to supporting their partners around the world, a typical retail margin.

We would like to start an alliance for socially responsible businesses. We would love for other fair trade organizations to unite with us and promote change for these communities – it’s not about us – it’s about making a difference in the lives of underprivileged men, women, and children living on less than $1 a day. Everything we’ve done is by word of mouth. I really want people to engage with us on the social media side and get the word out there.

If you’re a fan of fair trade and being a socially conscious consumer, join our alliance – promote your favorite fair trade organization, join our Blog Carnival on May 20th, and post a blog or link to your Facebook page telling your friends about our Fair Trade Alliance. It will be a long journey, but what encourages me more than anything is the power that consumers have to effect change – it starts with you.

Click here to visit the host page of this month’s Blog Carnival! Much like an e-zine, you will find articles from our alliance members about our fair trade excursions. So, take this opportunity to blog hop! We would love you to participate by adding comments (here, or on the posts) and we’ve included a Mr Linky on the host page if you would like to write your own post.

Visit our Fair Trade Alliance partner websites:

Scarlet ThreadsScarlet Threads – Scarlet Threads is a compassionate boutique, specializing in unique products designed and produced by talented seamstresses in rural Asia. The perfect gift for bridal showers, holidays, or any special occasion, all Scarlet Threads products are fairly traded and created in compliance with our core vision and values. When you purchase one of our beautiful hand-crafted products, you become part of our story by providing women with safe and rewarding work.

Eyaas KashmirEyaas.comEyaas.com is all things hand-made, hand-crafted and green. Eyaas brings you crafts from all over the world, aiming to bring you a more enriching shopping experience by providing information on what you are buying, how it is made, and also who made it.

For information on how to join the Fair Trade Alliance, please send an email to info@sevenhopesunited.com. We look forward to hearing from you! :)

March Artist Spotlight

Allpa Cooperative of Peru | In the Spotlight

Allpa ArtisanAllpa is named for a Quechua Indian word that means “EARTH.” Allpa is a Peruvian craft trading company providing marketing assistance to artisan groups and family workshops throughout Peru. Allpa provides technical help, product development advice, skills training, tools and appropriate equipment to Peruvian artisans. Artisans can also access short-term and mid-term loans to improve infrastructure and their workshops.

Community Impact
The idea of Allpa was created in 1982 by a group of economists, anthropologists, and sociologists from the Universidad Catolica of Lima as a way to improve living standards of handicraft producers. Allpa began active work as an alternative trading organization in 1986. Today, Allpa’s marketing assistance reaches approximately 2,000 families from 100 artisan groups and family workshops throughout Cusco, Ayacucho, Chulucanas, Cajamarca and Huancavelica as well as Shipibo people living in the Amazon rainforest area of Pucalepa, Peru.Allpa Weavers

Allpa has provided a great source of hope to these families, for most, craft production is their sole source of income. By working with Allpa, artisans have access to the tools needed for product development, and with better equipment can produce larger orders for export. Cream Alpaca ThrowThe cooperative organizes orders for over 100 artisan groups, facilitates fulfillment and artisan payment, and designates a portion of the profits to help provide artisans with short-term loans and invest community development projects that benefit all member villages.

Seven Hopes United purchases beautiful Alpaca Throws from Allpa, that have become a customer favorite, and a popular Fair Trade Gift Registry item for couples getting married.

The Site Is Up!

Welcome to Seven Hopes United! Thanks for stopping by to check us out. We’ve been working hard to get the site up and running. The Seven Hopes United fair trade store is like a dream come true for us. It has been a long process of figuring out how we could do something we love, while making a significant impact worldwide. It is a little scary letting this dream take flight, but we are also so excited and look forward to the outcome.

This blog is meant to keep our customers in the know on what is happening with Seven Hopes United. We will update the blog with hot new products that you’ll love, as well as feature producers and their stories so you can see the real impact you are having on people’s lives worldwide.

We are hoping that we will be able to have our Grand Opening shortly! Please continue to check in during this process, we are looking forward to developing relationships with all of you. Feel free to send us comments or suggestions on the store’s website or products that you love.

Come back soon!