There are plenty of last minute holiday shopping opportunities that will also help refugees earn more than minimum wage in jobs that offer dignity, training opportunities and supportive work environments.
All of the projects or businesses in this list are social enterprises inspired by refugees to offer them opportunities for dignified, meaningful work!
Beautiful Day Granola – Tastes great. Employs refugees. Did we mention tastes great? Their new Rosemary Sage flavor is our favorite.
Worn for Peace – this project started by a Catholic Charities Fort Worth volunteer empowers women by providing them with the materials to make woven accessories at home.
Tembo Group – new to our collection, Tembo has a Baltimore retail store and hires refugees to make all kinds of cool gifts. They’re currently exhibiting paintings in our lobby art gallery, where we took the photos included in this post.
Refugee Sewing Society – a project of Friends of Refugees in Clarkston, GA and also new to us. Check out their cute, handmade Nomi Dolls at their etsy store.
The Open Arms Shop – this thriving social enterprise and project of Austin’s Multicultural Refugee Coalition has changed their business model to focus on contract manufacturing. Recently, you could buy their special capsule collection at select Ikea stores in Texas.
At least 50% of small business start-ups in the U.S. don’t make it. When updating our list of social enterprises that employ refugees, we discovered that several of our favorites (Billboard Bags, A Woven Thread) are no longer operational.