7 Brands Supporting Refugees Around The World
Through Education & Employment

Here at The Good Trade, we've been sobered by political actions taken to shut out those who are suffering. In a world where nearly 34,000 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution, there has never been a more important time to use our collective voice to support values of inclusion, diversity and love. We feel emboldened to search for and support organizations dedicated to protecting those refugees and immigrants who are searching for a safe haven and a hopeful future. These 7 brands are offering new hope and new beginnings through employment and education initiatives for refugees worldwide.

1. Liberti

Product Line | Jewelry
Based in | USA
Supporting Refugees | In The USA Through Employment & Apprenticeships

Liberti’s mission and message is powerfully timely - look beyond their stunning jewelry designs, and you will see new beginnings for resettled refugees here in the United States. Every Liberti purchase directly supports the <1% of refugees who have escaped camps abroad. Each piece is Handcrafted in the USA, empowering resettled refugees through trade training that lasts a lifetime. Liberti's collections are unique, modern, and versatile, inspired by America's stand for freedom and her natural beauty.

2. My Beachy Side

Product Line | Beachwear & Accessories
Based in | USA
Supporting Refugees | In Turkey Through Employment

My Beachy Side is a beachwear lifestyle brand with a social mission to provide job opportunities to Syrian refugees in Turkey. The brand partners with local NGO’s to employ hundreds of women—some living in Southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border. Many of the women they employ have survived war zones and are employed for the first time.

3. Retea

Product Line | Tea
Based In | USA
Supporting Refugees | Through Partnerships With Refugee Education Programs

Refugee education programs are severely underfunded leaving millions of children and young adults without access to an education. Retea partners with nonprofit organizations to help fund education programs. Every Retea pouch sold provides a refugee child with up to 10 hours of education. These purchases add up to make a life changing impact for someone in need.

4. Vanina

Product Line | Women’s Fashion
Based in | Beirut, Lebanon
Supporting Refugees | In Lebanon Through Employment

VANINA is a sustainable fashion brand based in Beirut, aiming at using fashion as a tool for social and environmental change. The brand partners with NGOs to help communities in need (particularly refugee camps), through handcrafted collections transforming waste by using up-cycled materials to create stunning collections that give back to both people and planet.

5. Sep

Product Line | Women’s Accessories & Home Decor
Based in | Palestine
Supporting Refugees | In The Middle East Through Employment

SEP creates high-end accessories that are the result of a passion for fashion and belief in the intrinsic value of the human touch.  All embroidery work is done by hand in the refugee camp of Jerash by nearly 500 women. Each piece is hand embroidered by a single talented artist who continues the time-honoured, cross-stitch technique that has been passed down from generation to generation.

6. Joggo

Product Line | Messenger Bags
Based In | Canada
Supporting Refugees | Through Partnerships With Refugee Education Programs

The Joggo messenger bag was created with a passion to make a positive impact in our world. The bags are ethically made in a fair trade certified cooperative of women entrepreneurs in Nepal and a portion of proceeds are given to CARE Cananda, providing effective and useful education and training for refugees all over the world.

7. Eat Offbeat

Product Line | Food Delivery in NYC
Based In | NYC
Supporting Refugees | Through Partnerships With Refugee Education Programs

Refugee kitchen, Eat Offbeat delivers authentic and home-style ethnic meals that are conceived, prepared and delivered by refugees resettled in NYC. The company has committed to hiring and training refugees, partly for altruistic reasons and partly as a business strategy. “In a city filled with good ethnic food, it is a way for the cuisine to stand out.”