Spes Nova Partners - Universities and Artisan Groups

University Partners

Spes Nova was launched by a small academic team within Fordham University. While we operate wholly independently from the University and are nondenominational in every respect, we remain able to draw on the support and resources of a thriving college community as well as the broader Jesuit network.

An essential component of Spes Nova’s operations is the involvement of students, both in the United States and in the countries where we work. Students are involved as employees, volunteers, and interns.

In the United States, students participate in a wide array of activities, including supporting our website, providing market insights, managing data and inventory, translating funding requests (from local languages to English), answering phone and e-mail inquiries, etc. As interns, they can visit, train, and audit our university partners and artisans abroad.

At university partners outside of the United States, students identify and evaluate local artisans to bring into our network. Once a partnership is formed, the students work with them to provide sample products to US partners, adjust the products as necessary, and fulfill the shipment and payment. 

Spes Nova is on a mission to engage the next generation of change-makers in service-learning that provides tangible business and leadership skills along with cultural awareness. Through working with reputable institutions throughout the globe, Spes Nova ensures the integrity of its work and its continuous spirit of growth and learning.

Spes Nova has designed impact reports and other evaluations to ensure that Spes Nova's operations are making optimal impact. These will be performed by Spes Nova's international partner universities and other private or public entities. All results will be publicly available and used by Spes Nova to improve its operations.

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Our Global Partners

Fordham University

Fordham University

Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, is committed to discovering the wisdom and the transmission of learning through research and undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality...

St. Thomas Aquinas College

St. Thomas Aquinas College

St. Thomas Aquinas College endeavors to be a vibrant, inclusive learning community that is the top choice for students who seek a leading-edge, transformative education rooted in the liberal arts....

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali

The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is a Catholic institution of higher education, founded and run by the Society of Jesus, committed to the educational principles and orientations of the founding entity...


Fairfield University

We are a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions, with more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. and across the globe...

Artesian Partners:

  • MESH Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped

  • Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers Cooperative

  • ASCULAN Artisans Families Group of Bamboo (Colombia)

  • Trinity Jewelry Crafts

  • Living Media International

  • Nasarte

  • Sandra Viviana Villegas

  • Silvia Maria Solis Caicedo

  • Moraima Epieyu

  • Luis Ernesto Prado Alvarez

  • Brayan Alexis Gomez Betancourt

  • Jose Flamedes Chirimea

  • Manuel Muyuy Chasoy

  • Lizeth Cordoba Adarme

  • Amka community

  • Libardo Jajoy Mojomboy

  • Jose Muyuy Chasoy

  • Ana Betty Cuesta

  • Cesar Andres Guerrero Benavides

  • Alba Lucy Revelo Chasoy

  • Quillacinga community

  • Fundacion Levantate Mujer