Shop for a Good Cause
There are over 25 million refugees in the world today (according to the UNHCR). The numbers are overwhelming and they do not even begin to convey the struggles of the individual families who are forced to flee from their homes. (To learn more, or get involved with welcoming refugees in your area, check out World Relief.) Below you can find products handmade by refugees who are working hard to support their families while they learn a new language and culture. You may not be able to make a difference for 25 million people, but you can make a difference for one.
(NOTES: Prices and availability may change without notice. If you buy through some of these links, a small amount will come back to help support our mission.)
Amani Ya Juu
The story of Amani began in a refugee camp and today they employ many former refugee women who create their gorgeous fair trade kitchen products, kids toys, decor and accessories, out of local African materials.
WorldCrafts "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world." They offer fair trade home decor and accessories, made by refugee women who have resettled in the U.S.
"A global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global." They offer candles, soaps and jewelry, handmade by refugees resettled in the U.S.
Persona Grata Goods
"Designed to help moms who care about the world make a difference in the lives of other moms!" They offer beautiful accessories and home goods, made in the USA by refugee moms.
"Provides employment and community for refugee women who have resettled in the USA." They offer amazing clutches, bags, baby products and home goods, made in the USA by refugee women, using recycled textiles.
“'Weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking." They sell the book, "Ten Cultures, Twenty Lives," which tells the powerful stories of refugees resettling in Abilene, Texas.
Shop With a Mission
On a mission “to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity."
They sell beautiful fair trade jewelry and accessories, handmade by Iraqi refugees living in Jordan.
Hands Producing Hope
Works to provide “the economic, educational, and spiritual resources necessary to empower remote communities to rise above poverty." They sell accessories and candles made by local refugees.
Check out these awesome brands which are also making a difference in the lives of refugees:
(Woven products made by African refugee women in Israel.)
(Jewelry, accessories, home decor and clothing for women, children and babies, made by refugee artisans.)