Every one of our products uses ‘saa paper’ – the unique natural medium made from the bark of the mulberry tree. The tree itself has a versatile range of uses: the berries can be eaten, the leaves fed to silk worms or used for tea making, the wood used for baskets and furniture. After harvesting the tree’s bark, it will grow back providing a renewable source.
Every one of our products is skillfully and lovingly drawn, cut and pasted by HAND – with each task, ability assigned. Some producers have vision impairment or hand tremours and so are provided work which they are able to manage. Products pass through many hands along the production chain.
Product embellishments include wire, beads, saa string, ribbon and bells, but always at the heart of the product…’saa’ paper.
Each product is individually packed in clear cellophane with an accompanying label.
An envelope and paper insert is included with each card.
Hands of Hope began as an income-generating project in 2005, for those living with HIV/AIDS. Facing discrimination in their village communities, the people have found support and unconditional acceptance at the Good Shepherd ‘Friendship Centre’ Nongkhai, in northeastern Thailand. During the week, while their children attend school, they work together to produce beautiful, handmade cards, decorations, mobiles and gifts, using Thailand’s famous ‘saa paper’ as the main medium, which is made from the bark of the mulberry tree.
Visit our online shop to order your fairtrade goods and collect from our shop. We have a selection of items online, but if there is anything else you want to add to your bag, just call or email us.
As a cooperative, with only three paid members of staff, we’re always on the lookout for dedicated and sociable volunteers. We are also looking to expand our voluntary Board of Directors. Get in touch today for more information.