Who we are

Our Social Enterprise believes that an alternative model to produce handmade goods is possible through the observation and the experimentation of progressive practices: work/life integration, empathy, collaboration, autonomy and participation at work, emphasizing soft skills, exchange information for self-awareness as well as profit-sharing.

Learn more about each of us, click on the picture. (coming soon!)

 Paolo
Jorge
 Veronica
 Martin
 Maria
 Alonso
 Bismark
 Miguel

The vision of Hang A Hammock Collective is to promote the Nicaraguan artisanship on the highest level of quality and international safety standards. Developing a comfy workplace and progressive work practices for our members are of fundamental importance as well as promoting social mobility through higher education and better incomes.

hanging chair on the fllor

Milestones

In 2014 Elle Decor featured the Hang A Hammock Collective production and helped to increase the brand visibility of "Hang A Hammock Collective" in the United States. Several big companies such has Pottery Barn and Urban wanted to work with us. The need to start a legal company was necessary and fair. It was required to be more efficient too.

In 2015 the company was officially registered under the Nicaraguan Business law. Each one of the members are regularly employed according to the legislation with health care, paid vacations, holidays, tax forms and contributions to a retirement plan. In the same year (March 2015) we certified the safety of the wooden bars hammock with Bureau Veritas (certificate #5115-063-0008).

In 2016 we moved to a bigger work site. Our atelier is based in the city of Masaya in the vibrant neighbourhood of San Juan where are many artisan workshops. We are a team of 10 professional artisans and technicians between 18 and 40 years old. We work also with around 5 independent artisans that provide the wood and metal accessories. The cushions are made by an independent seamstress and her husband. We share as much as possible knowledges to learn everyday new skills and improve our teamwork skills from the production to the costumer care.

Team Picture of hang a hammock collective

We started to implement workplace ethics and try to get better work conditions as much as possible to work in a comfortable and safety site. Every morning an independent family business shop prepare for us a fresh fruit smoothie with the fruits just bought at the local market. In the afternoon we prepare a delicious Nicaraguan coffee.

Now, as a team, we have weekly meetings to solve daily problems, to improve the design of the products, thanks to your feedbacks, to offer a better costumer service and to think about new projects.

From 2017 we started to co-manage a tree farm in Nicaragua, a land in the Carazo region, with a lot of biodiversity. Therefore all the wood we use come from an environmental responsible source. The project is conserving the biodiversity of the local environment by planting the same native hardwoods we used for our products (Gliricidia sepium).
 
truck full of wood

From 2018 we start to implement our new dynamic business plan. The approach started from the personal vision of each member of the Hang A Hammock Collective and then modeling the collective vision of the company to guide the project during the next five years. We will integrate continuous improvement skills training, emphasizing on soft skills. We are proud to say that we produce and sell fair trade and environmentally friendly handmade products.
Team work to build a business plan together 

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A Social Enterprise

carton label of "hang a hammock collective"

Made in Nicaragua. Made with happiness! 

We are implementing a Social Enterprise business model.
Unlike conventional businesses the primary goal of Hang A Hammock Collective is not to maximize profits. Our main objective is to valorize the craft sector through the improving of the work conditions and benefits of the artisans involved both directly and indirectly in our production.
 
We are not charity or NGO. Our organization doesn't depend on financing programes or donations. We are a Social Enterprise that operates using a profitable commercial model which means that the sustainability is politically independent.

 

Legality
 
We are registered under Nicaraguan Business Law as HAHC NICARAGUA SA and we implement everyday workplace ethics and social responsibility: each permanent member is regularly employed with healthcare, paid vacations, holidays, contributions to a retirement plan and some extra benefit. The company regularly pay bills and the taxes on the incoming. We are always sen​ding official commercial invoices​ registered under the Nicaraguan Fiscal Law​. Our official commercial invoice certified that the product you bought was made by Hang A Hammock Collective.
 
Fair Trade Principles
 
Production, administration and marketing follow Fair Trade Principles. Everything we offer on our website has been handmade in our workshop and carefully packed to be directly shipped at your home. To buy semi-finished goods from selected suppliers we use fair trade principles to guide the business/human relations.

 

WFTO prescribes 10 Principles that a Fair Trade Business must follow in their day-to-day work and carries out monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld.

 

  1. Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
  2. Transparency and Accountability
  3. Fair Trading Practices
  4. Payment of a Fair Price
  5. Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour
  6. Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association
  7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
  8. Providing Capacity Building
  9. Promoting Fair Trade
  10. Respect for the Environment

If you are interested to know more how we implement these principles in our every day routine, please write us to know more, contact us here, we'll be happy to share with you some facts.

 
People & Planet
 
We take measures to minimize any environmental impact.
From 2017 we started to co-manage a tree farm in the Carazo region. Therefore all the wood we use to make our products come from an environmental responsible source. The main purpose of the project is to conserve the biodiversity of the local environment by planting the same native woods we use for our products (Gliricidia sepium).
Gliricidia sepium (locally called "Madero Negro") is a native Nicaraguan tree, not a species in danger of extinction and it is a fast-growing species. Definitely an alternative source to reduce the trade of illegal woods coming from national natural reserves.

 

As part of our brand philosophy, the products come in a recycled cardboard handmade box, as we believe this is something essential for those who want to contribute positively to the environment.
All the materials (products and boxes) are recyclable, please check the recycling rules in your community and if recycling facilities exist in your area.
 
Customer Service
 
We try to offer the best and personalised customer experience for each costumer.
We usually answer to each email in 1-3 days, please consider that during the weekends we don’t work to rest and to spend time with our beloved, this allows us to offer better quality answers all times.

 

Contact Us

 

If you have questions or concerns about who we are and what we do we’d love to hear from you. Write us.