We are a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to forge economic independence through workforce and business opportunities for people overcoming barriers to fair wage employment
HHPLIFT is a one-stop shop where socially minded shoppers go to discover stunning, sustainably sourced & sustainably made, artisanal products.
We believe Doing Good Looks Good On You®. When you shop HHPLIFT, you use your socially conscious buying power to bring about positive change and improve the lives of artisan workers locally in Chicago and around the world. Along with being sourced through social enterprises working to forge economic independence for their artisans, each HHPLIFT item—from our bath & spa goods, to our bags & accessories, to our gift baskets, and more—is selected for its quality, style, and craftsmanship.
To Shop Consciously
We only source eco-friendly, sustainably made products from social enterprises who are 100% committed to providing their workers sustainable wages, benefits, and a more dignified life.
To Make Change
Each purchase you make helps to provide healthcare to crafters in Cambodia, sustainable livelihoods to clothmakers in Peru, pathways out of poverty for people in underserved communities in Chicago, and more.
To Lift Lives
HHPLIFT’s LIFT™ Program helps forge economic independence for workers overcoming barriers to fair wage employment, including those impacted by the justice system, people overcoming physical disabilities, those with cognitive differences, among more.
To Lift the Planet
Each product is socially- and environmentally- sustainable.
OUR COMPANY + PROGRAM
Diversity in Leadership
We strongly believe that our diversity is what makes us stronger. At HHPLIFT we are committed to diversity, equity, and full inclusion in our business.
Holistic Work Environment
Our LIFT™ Program is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for people in disinvested underserved communities in and around Chicago. By cross training in the Workshop & Warehouse, and learning all facets of the business, associates learn critical & translatable career development skills. By providing the leadership training, mentorship, and holistic support that lifts people onto a pathway toward equity and economic stability, our associates are able to forge economic independence for them and their families.
Our LIFT™ Program is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for people in disinvested & underserved communities in and around Chicago. Jobs alone will not lift people from poverty to economic stability. True, sustaining transformation comes with dignified jobs paying livable wages coupled with essential benefits, education, professional development. And unique to HHPLIFT, a customized career path for the motivated associated who, whether rising to a leadership role at HHPLIFT or beyond, has a viable, portable career in the marketplace. Our goal is to move associates from instability to economic independence. Learn more.
Jobs with benefits for adults from underserved communities
Leadership and career training with the goal of creating the next leaders at HHPLIFT
Economic independence and opportunities for advancement at HHPLIFT and beyond
Products handcrafted by Cambodian artisans that provide a pathway out of poverty and sustainable livelihoods
Smateria, our partner in Cambodia defies convention by using unusual and recycled materials whenever possible to craft innovative and fashionable, Italian designed bags and accessories. Their unique materials include fishing and construction netting, upcycled vegan leather, luxe leather scraps from a leather furniture factory, and recycled plastic bags. The result is a water resistant, virtually indestructible, cool and unique line of bags and accessories. That’s not all that’s sustainable. Priority is given to the employment of women and mothers and an onsite preschool and daycare facility is there for their children. They enjoy sustainable livelihoods, healthcare, professional development and more.
Sustainable livelihoods for Cambodian artisans
13-month annual salary
Free daycare for the artisans’ children
Providing jobs for adults with disabilities
Our social enterprise partner in Illinois provides job opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities through the sale of their amazing baked goods. This non-profit facility provides a place for their residents to make a contribution to the community while being as self-sufficient as possible. The delicious baked goods made by our partner include cookies, chocolate covered cherries, espresso beans and blueberries, toffee, barks, dog treats and gift baskets.
Job opportunities and vocational services for people with developmental disabilities
Residential facilities and home-based support
Recreational activities that create jobs and bolster self-sufficiency and pride
Financial independence for indigenous women in Guatemala
Our fair trade non-profit partner has a mission to transform the lives of women. They create beautiful and thoughtfully designed accessories using traditional local weaving techniques that not only have the ability to transform an outfit, they can empower an entire community of indigenous women. A single thread is stronger when woven with many others and through their non-profit model, they strengthen communities of women weaving various support opportunities into a program focused on financial independence to overcome poverty. Artisans also receive savings and loan support (income and access to equipment through microloans), education (financial literacy, business development, self-esteem and family health and nutrition), and market access into a program focused on financial independence to overcome poverty.
Sustainable livelihoods for Guatemalan women weavers
Low interest micro loans to purchase equipment
Family health and nutrition education
Economic independence and financial literacy education
Recycled, handcrafted products that create sustainable livelihoods in India
Our fair trade partner in India was founded in 1986 to create sustainable livelihoods for artisans living in abject poverty. The company has supported artisans and their families with fair wages 10-15% higher than local wages, long-term business investment and collaboration, and health and education initiatives for over 25 years. Their NGO was created in 2000 to advance the charitable activities of the organization, which now include clean water, education, health and capacity building initiatives. Products include beautiful jewelry, leather goods and wonderful metal bowls made from recycled bicycle spokes and iron washers.
Sustainable livelihoods for Indian artisans
Clean water and indoor sanitation
Recreational activities that create jobs and bolster self-sufficiency and pride
Jewelry handcrafted by Ecuadoran artisans from natural materials
Founded to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America, this fair trade organization provides artisan groups the tools and support for better lives. Working with natural materials, including nuts and seeds, sustainably sourced from the rainforests in Ecuador, these artisans create beautiful pieces of jewelry. First, they meticulously transform these organic materials into beads through a “manual, low energy process” rendering each piece unique. Strung together the end result is striking. The tagua can be laser engraved.
Sustainable livelihoods for Ecuadoran artisans
Health insurance, free lunch and social security
Gourmet coffee roasted by veterans in Chicago
Our social enterprise partner in Illinois provides job opportunities and social services for homeless and unemployed vets. Last year 300,000 veterans were homeless for at least one night. There are more than 162,000 chronically homeless veterans in the United States. The words veteran and homeless should never be used in the same sentence, so the founders decided to start a coffee company, hire homeless and unemployed veterans, teach them to roast the best coffee in Chicago, and give them back the dignity that comes from being able to support yourself and your family.
Vocational services and a living wage for homeless and unemployed vets
Help with housing, day care and daily expenses
Self-sufficiency, independence and pride
Recycled products handcrafted by artisans in Kenya
This wonderful fair trade practice organization started as a center for children with disabilities, providing life-changing therapy and medical care for kids who suffer from physical challenges and social stigma. This center also provided job opportunities for these children’s mothers through the creation and production of their beautiful handcrafted items. The skills these women have learned and the money they have earned, have empowered them to buy homes, provide for their families, and sometimes start their own enterprises. Those that have been served include approximately 50 families who have children with special needs and approximately 230 families who have children with various neurological conditions.
Sustainable livelihoods at above-average wages for Kenyan artisans who are moms with children with physical disabilities
Health insurance for the artisans and their families
Pediatric health & education programs
Recycled products handcrafted by artisans with physical disabilities in Sri Lanka
Founder Sena was stricken with polio as a child. He then became the first lawyer in Sri Lanka to use a wheelchair and the first person with a disability to enter politics in Sri Lanka. Sena was one of the longest serving elected politicians in the world with a disability. His passion for the environment coupled with his indefatigable efforts to provide equal opportunities for the disabled guided his political life but also led to the creation of his fair trade practice workshop where adults with disabilities create beautiful products made from recycled materials.
Sustainable livelihoods for Sri Lankan artisans with physical disabilities
Recycled materials made from waste and natural products
Economic independence, dignity, and hope
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