Esperanza Threads is a non-profit organization in Cleveland, Ohio that trains low-income individuals to learn industrial sewing skills. Esperanza Threads was created to address the social justice issue of sewing sweatshops that provided low-paying wages with poor working conditions and long hours.
Under the leadership of Ursuline Sister Mary Eileen Boyle, Esperanza Threads started in 2000, selling clothing in churches and later at local farmers’ markets. Today, we supply our customers with products made of the highest quality organic cotton and sewn to the most exacting standards. What’s more, we train underemployed or migrant workers each year, and assist in placing them in lucrative industrial sewing positions.
In addition to supporting sewing manufacturing in Cleveland, Ohio, our other concern is environmental justice. Cotton is typically heavily sprayed with insecticides, pesticides and herbicides. Due to environmental and health problems stemming from their use, Esperanza Threads only buys organic cotton fabric for manufacturing garments and goods.