After getting to know Sonam, her little world has become my home away from home. Not only serving up one of the best coffees in town, Sonam has a heart and vision that the world needs.
In 2014, Sonam had a surgery, which left her plenty of time to think about life. She realized that she did not see her brother for seven years. They agreed to meet in India and the inspiration struck to open a shop in Hannover’s Old Town from her family. Her family owns fair-trade shops in San Francisco and they encouraged Sonam to do the same.
Following her family’s footsteps, Sonam now travels to New Delhi, India one to two times per year to hand select products made from local families in India. She visits in search for the best summer and winter products that India has to offer. The company that she gets the clothes from has a limitation of outsourced customers to ensure that the products are genuine and handmade. Sonam selects products that are fair-made and use locally sourced materials. Her shop offers everything from jewelry to blankets to purses.
In addition to the products, Sonam also hand makes various vintage items such as purses, pillow cases and coin wallets. She takes the best of old material from India and hand stitches the material together to produce modern trends; thus, meeting the best of both worlds –east and west meets old and new.
All the jewelry sold is handmade. Specialty items such as the one-of-a-kind 100% wool blankets are hand painted with organic color. Sonam believes in quality, which is why synthetic fibered clothes are not found in the store.
Sonam’s is also a popular place to try an affordable organic cup of coffee or tea. They purchase coffee from a local vendor in Hannover who, for the last ten years, hand selects beans from fair-trade fields in South America and Africa.
Nestled across from Cafe Kränzchen, Sonam and her partner, Michael, are two of the friendliest shop owners in Hannover. Always wearing a smile, they welcome everybody and create a hospitable atmosphere. When looking for a gift or a fun place to sit and chat with friends over a cup of chai, look no further than Sonam’s Little World. It's definitely a place you can call home.
Sonam's Little World
Knochenhauerstrasse 13 Hannover, Germany 30159