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Refugio


She had nothing on her back

But a dusty back pack

She walked the path for miles

Her feet pounded like meat tenderizer

She walked for hours

Just before the dawn breaks

She tied her shoelaces

Walked on plains, roads and mountains

Not knowing where to stay

But along the way

She encountered

Genuine kindness from strangers

The door was open at the refugio

where she gets to rest

Her tired and weary feet






Products made by refugee artisans


Photo credit: refugeearts.org


"In response to the horrifying and worsening crisis in Ukraine, Refugee Artisan Initiative is launching a campaign to support relief efforts. Our team of refugee artisans designed this #StandWithUkraine butterfly pin now available for $10 each. Butterflies symbolize courage, endurance, change and hope. Please join the Refugee Artisan Initiative Ukraine Campaign to help raise on-the-ground relief funds for Ukrainians. Our goal is to sell at least 1,000 pins. Proceeds will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross. All pins are handmade of satin by RAI refugee and immigrant artisans."

Carry the story tote bag is handmade by a woman who sought refuge here



photocredit: prosperitycandle.com


"Unique candles and gifts that give back. Each candle is ethically handmade by women artisans and refugees creating a brighter future in the U.S.

Using coconut soy blend wax, premium fragrances, natural wicks. Never any dyes or enhancers."



" Indonesian Hardwood soap dish is handmade by refugee men in Iraq and looks great by any sink.

With each soap dish, you give men like Faris what they need to rebuild, to no longer see themselves as refugees but as fathers, protectors, and providers."



handmade finger puppets

made51.org is brought to life by UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, a global organization dedicated to saving lives. protecting rights, and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people.



"This magnetic wooden poster hanger is handmade by an Afghan refugee who has resettled in the US, a skilled carpenter who has been working with wood for 23 years. "




fleece hats and neck warmers are handmade in Seattle by our refugee artisans from Burma, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Morocco. Each purchase provides a living wage for the woman who sewed it.


scrunchie and other products made made by refugee women escaping war and terrorism




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