My friend Tim Straight is a former American aid-worker turned Scandinavian diplomat in Armenia. Not satisfied with his largely ceremonial role as honorary council of both Norway and Finland to Armenia, Tim decided to take an active role in Armenia’s development. He founded Homeland Handycrafts a few years back as a social enterprise designed to revive traditional Armenian crafts, while bringing sustainable employment to Armenia’s most vulnerable populations (women, people with disabilities, refugees and so on). This work has paid off.
His unique locally-sourced designs are produced in different regions of Armenia, and are sold across the world. The toys, clothing items, kitchen appliances and other trinkets are fair-trade certified, and meet all American as well as European safety standards.
His office/display is located in Yerevan’s Impact Hub. Guests are welcome to visit, and chat with him about the various items they produce. Everything you see on the shelves are also for sale, so don’t be shy. It’s for a good cause!