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      HHPLIFT is building a movement through social impact products


      SPARKCHANGE™  MAKEWAVES™  LIFTCOMMUNITIES™ 

      We create business for social enterprises with work force development programs that support and expand job opportunities for people with significant barriers to fair wage employment. We are also a direct provider of jobs to people from underserved communities in Chicago through our 1eleven® Program.

      OUR PARTNERS

      SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

      We expand markets for our global social enterprise partners, and introduce their goods to new channels of distribution. By taking inventory and infusing these organizations with immediate capital, they can provide fair and sustainable wages, valuable services like healthcare, clean water, education, housing, and more for their artisans and crafters, leading to economic independence.

      SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

      It is our mission to bring products that change lives to the forefront. All our our artisan partners work in safe conditions with fair wages.

      ECO FRIENDLY

      Our products are made in a sustainable way, often from repurposed and recycled materials such as fishing and construction netting, bicycle spokes, palm thread, glass, and more.

      UNIQUE MATERIALS

      Fishing and construction netting. Recycled luxe leather scraps. Cement bags. Palm thread. We seek out artisans who are using materials in new and unique ways the promote environmental sustainability.

      FAIR TRADE PRACTICE

      Each product is handcrafted under fair trade practice conditions.


      OUR COMPANY + OUR 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

      HHPLIFT offers weekly yoga, flexible and generous time-off, and a healthy, joyful, dog-friendly environment. Each week, we partner with the social enterprise urban farm in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Growing Home, to bring a healthy, community lunch for all of our team members.

      CAREER DEVELOPMENT

      Our 1eleven® leadership and career development program is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for people in underserved communities in Chicago by providing the tools that lift people onto a pathway toward equity and economic stability. Jobs alone will not break the cycle of poverty. We believe that a dignified job, sustainable wages, benefits equally applied, support services, mentorship, education, a sense of community, professional development, and a custom career path can create sustainable change. So, whether an associate chooses to rise into a leadership role at HHPLIFT or move beyond, they will have a viable, portable career in the marketplace. Learn more.

      WRAP-AROUND SERVICES

      We work with Cara’s workforce development program as our primary resource for hiring associates for our 1eleven® leadership and career development program. To ensure all of our associates’ needs are met, we are also able to provide valuable services through our agency partnerships, including financial education, housing, health-related challenges, child care, and more. Learn about our agency partners.

      PATHWAY TO EQUITY

      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.

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      Our Social Enterprise Network

      1eleven® Leadership and Career Development Program

      Our 1eleven® leadership and career development program is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for people in underserved communities in Chicago by providing the tools that lift people onto a pathway towards equity and economic stability. Jobs alone will not break the cycle of poverty. We believe that a dignified job, sustainable wages, benefits equally applied, support services, mentorship, education, a sense of community, professional development, and a custom career path can create sustainable change. So, whether an associate chooses to rise into a leadership role at HHPLIFT or move beyond, they will have a viable, portable career in the marketplace. 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 healthcare

      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

      Interest-free loans

      Economic Independence

      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. Soon, 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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