Support Artisans Fleeing From Regional Conflict
Men, women and children around the world are leaving their homes due to conflict, terrorism or natural disasters, and are in great need of support and employment in new countries. Organizations in many countries have opened their doors to these refugees, offering job training, language lessons and resettling services for people in need.
These companies are bringing the skilled work of these refugees to the forefront by selling their artisan-made goods - goods that are steeped in culture and that offer new economic opportunities for the people who make them. We've rounded up some of our favorite artisan goods that are handcrafted by refugees. Purchasing these goods helps provide dignified, creative employment for displaced families.
1. Kaladan Key Necklace with Kyanite | FORAI
This expertly-handcrafted gold necklace boasts three beautiful blue Kyanite spikes that reflect the color of Kaladan River in Burma. FORAI (Friends Of Refugees And Immigrants) is a non-profit dedicated to employing, training and supporting immigrant & refugee women as they establish businesses of their own.
Shop Online | $38
2. LaLa Pom Pom Bag | GAIA
This whimsical pom pom bag is crafted from handwoven textiles and handmade in Dallas, Texas by resettled refugee women. GAIA is committed to the long-term success of their talented employees, and you can read about each woman’s story on GAIA’s website.
Shop Online | $128
3. Sand Dunes Bowl | Prosperity Candle
Prosperity Candles are hand-poured by women here in the US, many of whom are resettled refugees. Choose from 9 different scents, and enjoy the lovely Japanese ceramic bowl once the candle has burned out by following Prosperity Candle’s cleaning & repurposing instructions.
Shop Online | $40
4. Sisterhood Soap: Chamomile | Preemptive Love Coalition
Sisterhood Soap is soap with a story. Handcrafted in Iraq, this soap helps create jobs for refugees fleeing from ISIS. Preemptive Love Coalition partners with citizens in Iraq and Syria to help create lasting change in the region via medical care and job training.
Shop Online | $10
5. Kasai Ring | Melt Goods
The thick band and beautiful brass sheen of the Kasai ring makes it an instant classic. In addition to crafting gorgeous jewelry, Melt Goods also offers happy and sustainable jobs for refugee women in Dallas, Texas to help support their families.
Shop Online | $30
6. Natural Dyed Fabric Journal | Global Goods Partners
A perfect gift for the writer or artist in your life, this journal is a one-of-a-kind handcrafted piece made by refugees on the Thai-Burmese border. Global Goods Partners is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to the long-term success of their artisan partners by offering training and grants.
Shop Online | $20
7. Desert Jewel Clutch | anne b designs
This clutch has it all: a unique shape, a fabulous shade of pink, and of course, cute cacti. On top of that, all anne b designs are handcrafted in Salt Lake City, Utah, by resettled refugees - all of whom are trained at anne b’s in-house sewing school.
Shop Online | $42
8. Aqua Bumpy Glass Tumblers | Global Goods Partners
Truly a kitchen statement piece, these tumblers are hand blown by Syrian refugees from 100% recycled materials. The Syrian artisans benefit directly from each purchase of these wares, making these bumpy tumblers a win-win.
Shop Online | $50
9. Ghoraibi Leather Flats | Darzah
These ultra-comfortable flats are beautifully hand-embroidered by refugee and low-income women artisans in Palestine. Darzah works to preserve and celebrate Palestinian tatreez embroidery, while also offering economic advancement to women in the West Bank.
Shop Online | $209
10. Triangles Zipper Pouch | SEP
This bright pouch makes for a useful catch-all during the day, and transitions into a gorgeous accessory for a night out on the town. SEP matches design with purpose, offering delicately embroidered pieces made by skilled women refugees in the Middle East.
Shop Online | $103
11. Keith’s Originola Granola | Beautiful Day
Beautiful Day’s most popular granola, Keith’s Originola includes delicious oats, seeds, nuts and spices all wrapped up in local honey. Beautiful Day’s granola is made in Providence, Rhode Island, by a team of locals and resettled refugees. This non-profit offers training and long-term employment for refugees and works to promote awareness of displacement across the US.
Shop Online | $9
Header image: Leather Jewelry Canister | Global Goods Partners, $125