Homeland Development Initiative Foundation (HDIF)

  • Armenia, Regional
  • Employability, Gender, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation
  • Asylum seekers and refugees, Minority groups, People in Poverty, Persons with Disability, Unemployment, Women




Number of employees: Up to 5

Fair Trade Certificate




Tim Straight founded Homeland Development Initiative Foundation – HDIF with a mission to empower women across Armenia while using traditional methods like crochet and felt to create products that have buyers in Germany, Italy, the US and other countries. Currently they have 235 producers and their goal is to employ a thousand producers by the year 2024 and have impact on many more lives.

HDIF impact

Over 230 producers
54% of revenue in 2021 comes from refugees groups
Plans for the future: employ 1000 producers by 2024
Up to 5 employees

Tim says: ‘To me, success is not about how many products we have sold but the number of lives we have touched.’

In 2021, 54% of the HDIF revenue came from the refugees group like the one that Maral, on of the producers, is leading.

Find out more about the work of HDIF in the video where together with Tim and Maral, we also meet Lena, who started a small company thanks to HDIF making pillow cases and oven gloves that are very popular in the US as well as Genya who produces beautiful candles together with her family.

To learn more about the project visit their website – Homeland Development Initiative Foundation – HDIF .