The Refugee Company

Experiences We Admire

If you do not know yet The Refugee Company work, you must. The work they are making in cooperating with refugees in order to quickly integrating them by supporting their talents and competences is amazing.

Tailors from The Refugee Company Atelier are now empowered because they are contributing with their knowledge to the society and their skills are recognised, proud of the work they make and the new things they also learn.

Focusing on many issues, but particularly in crafts and handmade work, The Refugee Company Save the Crafts project might be consider a very good practice to be replicated around the world. Despite The Refugee Company does not work exclusively with women, the business and organisational model apply is a source of inspiration.

Once again, we can say handicrafts can bring social change and empowerment. Because craftmanship work is based on personal competences and skills, because it brings a unique work, but also because it can strongly contribute to enhance the culture and know-how of our societies.

During the session organised at Dialogue Café, on Refugees Social Inclusion through Artisanship, Fleur Bakker, Director of Refugee Company shared with us the challenges but also the amazing results organisation is facing and getting in the implementation of this project.

Here below, you can find a very nice article written by STEPHANIE SALDAÑA on July 10, 2017 at Mosaic Stories where she focus on Omar and Khalil story. 

To know more, follow them on facebook or visit their website.

Do you know other initiatives supporting empowerment and social inclusion of refugees, displaced people or at risk through craftmanship?

If yes, let us know !


Bringing market access to refugee Artisans

Thanks to MADE51, a new initiative supported by UNHCR displaced craftspeople from 11 nations across the world will present their products at the annual Ambiente fair, which runs 9-13 February in Frankfurt, Germany.


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Embroidered Lifeline for Palestinian Women Refugees in Jordan

Empowering Embroidery

Discovered thanks to the Guardian another amazing initiative using crafts, embroidery in this case, to support women refugees social inclusion. SEP JORDAN, is a social entrepreneurship initiative founded by Roberta Ventura, an Italian born woman based in Geneva.

Credits: The Guardian. Asma Aradeh, employed by social enterprise SEP Jordan inspects embroidery work together with two colleagues. Photograph: Faras Oran

SEP Jordan describes themselves as ethical fashion start-up distinguished by their intricate embroidery and geometric patterns, and storytelling. For them “Every Stitch Tells a Story: each piece is embroidered by a single talented artist” based in  Jerash Camp in Jordan.

Ensuring that the marvelous cross-stitch technique is being passed down from generation to generation, SEP Jordan works to empower “less fortunate artists with professional, personal and economic stability”.

CNN visit their atelier and interviewed Palestinian artists on the impact of this beautiful work.

Discover their amazing work here and follow the on facebook.