RefuSHE's social enterprise is a step in the journey toward independence and a new life after war and conflict. Members express themselves creatively while learning tangible skills that lead to self-sufficiency. Our trauma-informed approach allows artisans to achieve economic and social independence. Participants continue their healing within RefuSHE’s supportive environment while learning business skills. 70% of the 160 artisans who have been a part of the collective are economically independent.
We reinvest 100% of the revenue from the social enterprise into RefuSHE's programs and the savings and savings and monthly stipends of collective members.
The power of purchase inspires their journey to support, empower, and ultimately protect other young refugee women.
For young refugee women, our artisan collective is a significant step in the journey toward self-confidence, independence, and a new life after war and conflict. Members learn to express themselves creatively while acquiring marketable skills that empower them to become economically self-sufficient. Young women gain production and manufacturing knowledge that serves as a foundation to their future success as entrepreneurs.
Business & Leadership Skills
Our collaborative arts-based and business curriculum offers opportunities for creative problem solving through experimentation of design and shared learning.
In our social enterprise participants design, create, and manage a line of unique, hand-dyed fabrics, and other textiles. By saving their earnings, members of the Collective can pay their rent, feed their families, cover household expenses, and eventually launch their own successful businesses.
a Healing community
Our artisan collective is unique in that it enables young women to achieve economic and social independence at their own pace. Most have deep emotional and physical scars that require long-term case management support. Participants continue their healing within RefuSHE’s supportive environment.