Trades of Hope Reviews

Trades of Hope
( 4 reviews )

Trades of Hope, found online at, is a company that states they're a socially responsible business that's working hard to provide women around the world with high quality business opportunities. 

How Does It Work?

According to their website, so many women around the world live in poverty, not because they lack the ability to take care of themselves and their families, but because they simply lack the opportunity.

The goal of Trades of Hope is to give these women the high quality entrepreneurial opportunities they need to change their lives for the better. 

To do this, they work with both organizations and the artisans directly to help women in difficult circumstances, whether they live in war torn nations, have serious illnesses like HIV/AIDS, or are simply raising children alone in communities where work is scarce. 


Creating the beautiful jewelry and accessories for Trades of Hope gives them a respectable and profitable work opportunity they never would have had otherwise. 

They also state they work hard to empower women in well developed countries who are interested in becoming company Consultants – which they call Compassionate Entrpreneurs – in order to spread awareness and grow the businesses of their artisans, while also growing their own independently owned businesses. 

Compensation Plan

Unfortunately this website doesn’t really provide fully comprehensive information regarding their Compensation Plan, beyond the fact that Consultants will have the opportunity to earn 20-35% commissions on sales, “generous” leadership commissions, and the ability to qualify for group trips in order to visit the Artisans in their home countries.

Customers will probably want to contact their own local Compassionate Entrepreneur in order to determine the full details of this plan and the time and effort that will be involved in order to really make this a profitable opportunity.  

Cost/Price Plans

Customers can look through their current catalogue on their website to get an idea of what their products look like and what they might cost, and whether you might like to host a party.

For people who are hoping to become Consultants, the website says that new Consultants can purchase their choice of Starter Kit, which is priced between $99 and $199 depending on the selection of sample jewelry customers would like their Kit to include.

Regardless of which Kit you choose, Consultants will be provided with Business Materials, including Cue Cards, Cue Cards, Opportunity Packets, Sales Receipts, Catalogs, Display Materials, and more. 

Refund Policy

Their website says that customers who are not 100% satisfied with their purchase are welcome to return their product within the first 30 days from the date of purchase, as long as the products are still in unworn, new condition and the original receipt is included. 

Any products that arrive damaged or that have “product quality concerns” are eligible to return within 90 days of the date of purchase for an exchange or a replacement.

Customers will need to speak to their Compassionate Entrepreneur in order to request any exchanges or refunds.

Customer Service Contact Info

Customers who would like to contact their Customer Service team with questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by phone at 386-263-8776, by email at [email protected], or by submitting them directly to their website through the Contact Us link. 


First, it is always important to point out that you should look for reviews either on the specific products in which you are interested in buying or for the business opportunity itself.

Generally speaking prospective customers will have difficulty when trying to find information on a multi level marketing opportunity, because in order to earn the most amount of money, Consultants will need to recruit new representatives to their team.

This means that any enthusiastically positive reviews must be looked at with a grain of salt. It’s not uncommon for people to oversell the opportunity and the earnings potential, and undersell the time and effort. 

The truth is that this company seems like a standard MLM, which means that it is likely that people will be able to make some extra money each month with this company, as long as they are willing to put in the necessary time and effort.

However, the fact that this company places such an emphasis on supporting female artisans in struggling countries around the world is a unique aspect that may encourage people to work with this opportunity as opposed to a competing opportunity. 

Competitors and Alternatives?

Companies that offer independent business opportunities generally aimed at women are actually fairly common and include well-known companies like Mary Kay and Avon, Scentsy, Pink Zebra, Lia Sophia, Park Lane Jewelry, and more.  

If you have experience with Trades of Hope or their products, please leave your reviews below.

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Trades of Hope Customer Reviews

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January 24, 2019
Helping women, empowering women......enough said!

Fair Share and Good Jewelry
December 28, 2018
There are a lot of jewelry network marketing companies out there, so ToH definitely has a lot of competition. However, I've bought jewelry and the quality is good, it is priced fairly. I also learned that the jewelry makers get paid in full, before the jewelry is shipped out of their country, so they don't have to wait for it to be sold...the company HQ buys all the jewelry up-front. I also learned about the real-time impact of the collaboration of the businesses, there are stats showing schools in some of the countries receiving needed funds, or families receiving farm animals through funds raised. In addition, the makers get opportunities to travel to the U.S. to the company conferences and tour the cities, and in turn the distributors get to travel to their countries to visit them. So to me, it seems to be a fair and successful collaboration between the marketers of ToH and the jewelry makers. It seems to make good business logic.

I’m a CE
November 21, 2018
I’m bias. I’ll go ahead and let you know that because I work behind the scenes. I’m a Compassionate Entrepreneur or CE for short which would otherwise be titled as possibly a consultant but our founders even wanted our title to show our hearts. If you have questions regarding this business, our products, or anything at all; I’ll do my best to answer them or find out from our home team if I don’t know or am not sure. We are all humans just like you who were looking for purpose and extra income.

Trades of Hope
July 11, 2018

I just attended a Trades of Hope homd party. When the Compassionate Entrepreneur gave her speech, she implied but did not directly allege that T of H was a charitable company that gave all the money back to the artisans in poor countries. She then asked for questions, and so I asked hard ones.

Q: How much of the money they make at home sales actually goes back to the artisans?

A: None, because they aren’t a charity but a for profit company. She said they buy goods directly from the artisans and pay them 100% of the cost to make the item.

Q: How much does each artisan make in salary a day.

A: About $15 a day, allegedly 4-6 times what they’d normally make.

Q: What is your profit used for?

A: She couldn’t answer, but stammered and said that she makes a commission, gets benefits and gets to go on trips. I told her those were corporate expenses, but what about actual profit? She couldn’t answer.

Q: How do you know that the women actually get the salary you quote?

A: They have a Fair Trade designation, and work with local artisan groups that allegedly pay the women fairly, but there was no oversight.

And on an on.

This is another one of those multilevel sales companies, where the individual entrepreneurs pay to get product, sell it at a markup, get a20-35% commission on sales, but then have to kick back some of that money to the team above them. A pyramid scheme.

I have no problem with women selling goods via home parties, but tell it like it is, don’t pass it off as a charitable concern selling products to rescue women from sex trafficking. Know what you’re spending you money on. You’re paying top dollar for cheaply made goods and the money made on these sales goes into the sales reps pocket, not the poor women who make the goods.

Katrena July 19, 2018

My question is, did they ever make a claim that any of the profits made from sales went to charity? If not, I see it as a win win. People-women are encouraged to have a small business opportunity in conjunction with supporting the women artisans by buying their products.

MarcieBradshaw September 23, 2018

Hi Elaine,

I am sorry that you felt the need to review Trades of Hope with one fact, I'm curious...did you have a chance to reach out to Trades of Hope and ask the Headquarters the hard questions and make sure that the review you have left is a just and fair review? I would encourage you to leave reach out to them and I am sure that you will find yourself pleasantly surprised. Blessings and peace! Hope you have a nice day :)

CelestePaulson Manuel November 21, 2018

Hello, I’m a Trades of Hope Compassionate Entrepreneur. If you would like me to help answer some of your concerns and questions, I would be delighted. Overall, we are not a pyramid scheme as that is illegal. Your CE was correct. They don’t want charity. They want the pride they get in earning a fair wage to provide for themselves and their families. Our partnership on both ends provides sustainable business that gives them a job to go to everyday. However, we do give back a portion of sales to even more great causes. That’s what we call Gifts of Hope and it’s a company Tithe. The Artisans are paid 100% of their asking price and we work with them where they need it. 50% gets paid upfront to aid in cost of materials to begin making the products that they also help design! Please reach out to me with more questions!

I personally find that the more passion you have for your work, the more time you are likely to spend on it and the more productive your business may be. Everyone goes into direct sales for personal reasons and mine was because, as a SAHM, I wanted to help support my own family and it truly brings me joy to see what we accomplish together. Our 4 founders are a mother-daughter couple that love God and put Him first. They are so loving and inspiring human beings with flaws like the rest of us. Direct sales can be tough but when your heart is in it and stands for something like we do, it’s hard to quit!

JenniferBrady-Wisneski December 10, 2018


JenniferBrady-Wisneski December 10, 2018

Every store you shop at is an MLM! Every product that is in your home has a huge markup. Why don't people see this? You would rather buy from a store where you do not know the owner rather than support someone you know?

LTWhitefield December 28, 2018

I bought jewelry, learned that the makers of the jewelry get paid up front so that they're not waiting for someone (here in the U.S.) to buy before they get paid--they've already been paid their fair share.

SitaHoyt June 10, 2019

The Artisans are pad 100% of the their retail asking price. The items are then sent ot USA and sold by the Compassionate Entrepreneurs. 10% of the sales then goes back to TofH for the various artists communities and used for things the communities need, such as water wells dug, schools, health addition, there are specials each month. For example, this month, Mama Kits are donated by TogH for every 720. in total sales from a party. The company is reputable, not a pyramid scheme. I have found the products to be of good quality...and there is refund or exchange available.

The sales representative do make an income as well...but first...the artisans are paid up front.