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Handspun Hope Ethiopian Cotton Sport-dropship

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3.53 Ounces
Calculated at Checkout

spun on drop spindles by women in Ethiopia
hand dyed organically and plied by women in Rwanda (Hand-dyed Discount Card eligible)
100 gm / 3.53 oz
approx 336 m / 368 yds
hand wash
dry flat in shade
do not iron

This lovely cotton yarn is laboriously handspun on a drop spindle in Ethiopia by women working for a small cooperative comprised of single mothers. A single skein of yarn requires approximately 736 yards of handspun yarn. The yarn is then imported into Rwanda where the ladies of Handspun Hope complete the process of dyeing it organically, using primarily native Rwandan plants, in the single-ply. Once the yarn is dry, the spinners then ply the yarn with spinning wheels into a two-ply yarn.

About Handspun Hope
Empowering Rwanda's Most Vulnerable

Handspun Hope is a ministry working with at-risk women in northern Rwanda. For 13 years, Handspun
Hope has implemented a holistic, whole-person approach to breaking the poverty cycle for women and
their families. What began in 2007 with employment of ten women has grown to become the number one
employer of women in the Musanze district of Rwanda with 123 women fully employed. All of the women
have suffered some level of trauma. Many are survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi, which occurred
in 1994. All of them have experienced some form of trauma including poverty, homelessness,
marginalization and hunger prior to being hired by Handspun Hope.
The women are employed at our cooperative in Musanze where they process wool from our own flock of
Merino sheep. The ladies clean and hand card the wool, spin yarn and dye it organically using native
Rwandan plants. They then knit beautiful custom pieces. The wool is also used to create hand-felted
sculptures. Additionally, we import Ethiopian cotton, spun on drop spindles by a women's cooperative in
Ethiopia. The ladies working for Handspun Hope then dye the yarn organically using Rwandan plants and
ply into yarn. We have also imported German Angora rabbits to Rwanda, offering an additional material for
creating yarn.