HDIF works to initiate, facilitate, and nurture sustainable economic opportunities in rural villages, towns, and cities throughout Armenia as well as vulnerable groups. HDIF creates jobs that pay above minimum wage in Armenian communities and commits to regional economic development.
According to a report published by the Asian Development Bank in 2017, 25.7% of Armenia’s population lives below the national poverty line, while 1/3 of the population is considered poor.
Our primary goal is to empower women by giving them the education and necessary skills to be successful as independent business operators. This goal is achieved by organizing training on different business-related topics to encourage entrepreneurship.
HDIF is a registered non-governmental organization in the Republic of Armenia.
HDIF & HDIF Trading LLC
Homeland Development Initiative Foundation (HDIF) was founded in 2013. HDIF is a nongovernmental organization born out of the Homeland Handicrafts project, which was founded by Norwegian and Finnish Honorary Consul in Armenia, Sir Timothy Straight. HDIF Trading LLC was founded in 2018. It is a registered business entity in Armenia. HDIF Trading LLC runs the daily operations of hDIF’s fair trade shop as well as product manufacturing and supply management.
HDIF Board of Directors
The all-volunteer Board of Directors in Armenia is responsible for steering the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting ethical and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission.
Founder of HDIF
Honorary Consul of Norway
and Finland in Armenia
Executive Director of HDIF-USA
& Internet Development
Jinishian Memorial Foundation
Our Team in Armenia
Founder & President
Homeland Development Initiative Foundation
Trading HDIF LLC
HDIF Trading LLC
HDIF's producer partners represent the skills and talent that make our products exceptional. Our artisans use techniques that have been handed down for generations to make beautiful and flawless handicrafts.
Produced in Berd,
Kapan, Vazashen, Gyumri & Talin
Produced in Chambarak
Produced in Spitak
Produced in Goghovit
Produced in Spitak,
Vardenis, Berd, Dilijan & Koghb
Produced in Yerevan
by Syrian Armenians
HDIF enjoys a collaborative relationship with its organizational and corporate partners. We work toward shared goals to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the Armenian people. Together we deliver practical solutions to societal and community issues.
Women's Resource Center of Armenia
What's Craft Tourism?
“Craft Tourism” is a form of community-based tourism that is receiving increased attention from governmental and non-governmental organizations, especially those that have been involved in community and economic development in Armenia. HDIF can offer visitors trips to our producer partners, master classes on location, and off-the-beaten-path experiences.
With its partner organizations that specialize in eco-tourism, outdoor adventures, leisure, gastronomy, and culture, HDIF is excited to lead the initiative for craft tourism in Armenia. Some of the benefits include empowering local people, improving resource conservation, diversifying tourism products, faster economic growth in the regions by promoting improved food and lodging, and improved welfare and equity. HDIF believes that the local culture in its myriad forms and expressions is an important element of a destination’s uniqueness and appeal.
(Photo by Jackie Flanagan Pangelinan, Smithsonian)
The mission of HDIF-USA is to support the initiation, facilitation, and nurturing of sustainable economic development initiatives in Armenia. These include but are not limited to purchasing and importing HDIF products made in villages, towns, and cities in Armenia and selling them in the United States, Canada, and e-commerce platforms.
HDIF-USA considers handicraft enterprise a viable way to relieve poverty and economics distress. We are particularly committed to advancing opportunities that stimulate income for women who are traditionally unable to participate in international commerce. There is a place in the global economy for Armenia’s skilled artisans and an important role they can play in building a strong, democratic nation. HDIF-USA believes that creative industries are increasingly becoming important tools for sustainable development.
HDIF-USA is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of California. For more information, please email email@example.com.
HDIF-USA Board of Directors
The role of the all-volunteer Board of Directors in the U.S. is to 1) carry out the mission of the organization; 2) provide oversight for specific operations and support the staff; 3) ensure financial accountability and stewardship; and 4) advocate for and serve as ambassadors in the community and among peers.
Paul Vartan Sookiasian
Beth Rustigian Broussalian
Founder & Executive Director