Tim Turned 64... and Celebrated by Helping a Family Start a Business
When he turned 64...Tim took advantage of his March 25th birthday to launch a Global Giving fundraising campaign to help Tamta and Hamlet come closer to making their dream of a rustic cafe in the border town of Berd come true. The name of Tamta and Hamlet's new cafe is "Berdi Aygi" or Berd Garden. In just two weeks, Tim raised $2,000 for this project.
Tim stated, "An amazing transition is going to happen to make Berdi Aygi. The downstairs storage space will become a trendy, cozy cafe, using much of the existing furniture and serving yummy locally made gata and other Tavushian recipes!"
The reason why this is important is because there is no cafe of its kind in the entire Berd region, which is less than five kilometers from the front line. Since the war, tensions have been high. The establishment of a cafe brings a sense of a normal, positive, optimistic life back to Berd.
Tim, we will still need you and we promise to still feed you when you're 64!
Welcome Bella Karapetyan New Marketing Manager
HDIF is pleased to announce that Bella Karapetyan has been hired as its new marketing manager. Bella comes to HDIF after 10 years working at Civilnet and two years working in the Communications Office of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Bella has assumed this position with great enthusiasm, professionalism, and resourcefullness. We are happy that she is part of the HDIF family!
This Month's Featured Producer Partner
Arman Gasparyan and Planka Furniture
Arman Garparyan, the founder of Planka Furniture, is one of HDIF's newest producer partners. Planka is a furniture-making company with an eye on the environment. Arman is manufacturing Ararat-inspired peg boards for HDIF by using recycled discarded transport pallets.
Planka was founded in 2015 by Arman, who is originally from Artsakh. His business currently consists of four people, and most of his products are sold via social networks. The aim of the company is to produce alternative, eco-friendly furniture based on local market needs. Planka’s products are made of recycled materials - mostly pallets, a transport structure made of industrial wood that supports shipping containers.
The choice of the material is based on two main aspects: 1. It is wood and at the same time recycled, thus it is natural and does not cause harm to the environment. 2. Due to the economical features of Armenia, less goods are exported and far more are imported, and as a result, a huge amount of imported pallets do not have a second use and end up as firewood.
Since all of Planka's products are customized to the client's specifications, every furniture product is high quality, fairly priced, and tastefully executed. Due to growing number of customers, Arman has plans to expand his business and open a custom furniture showroom.
Pegboards coming soon to HDIF-USA!
Share the Love 2021
HDIF-USA's Share the Love 2021 fundraiser focused on job creation to help stimulate income in the rural, border town of Koghb and its surrounding community. We are thrilled to announce that over $8,000 was raised for the Koghb Art School and Yereqnuk Handicrafts to purchase a laser cutting machine that will allow the artisans to diversify and expand their line of #MadeinArmenia products.
This new technology will be the gateway to endless possibilities with a wide variety of materials like leather, wood, plastics, glass, stainless steel, paper, and more. The end result will be new products that can be sold around the world.
ABOUT THE KOGHB ART SCHOOL AND YEREQNUK HANDICRAFTS The creative team at the Koghb Art School and Yereqnuk Handicrafts was founded in 2007 by teachers Anna Nasibyan, Satenik Ghulijanyan, and Arusiak Pashikyan. The students in their classes learn everything from illustration to painting to sculpting. They produce beautiful handicrafts, including wallets, bags, glassware, and metal jewelry. The Koghb Art School inspires young adults to complete their higher education and make a living in their hometown.
The Latest from HDIF-USA
HDIF-USA has recently imported many new products. The new inventory includes a wide variety of Easter gifts as well as painted wooden crosses, crocheted crosses, Ararat pegboards, mini animals, Artsakh key tags and more! We also have restocked fan favorites like our entire line of kitchen accessories, hand-painted mugs, fabric pencil holders, coloring books, Syrian necklaces, flag beanies, bookmarks, table runners, and Ararat blankets.