As many of you know, I am very passionate about supporting Houston’s refugee community. The stories you hear about their lives in their home countries are just heart wrenching. While receiving asylum here is a huge step in rebuilding their lives, moving to a new country as a refugee provides its own set of challenges, including achieving economic independence through work. That is where organizations such as The Community Cloth come in. The organization works with female refugee artisans to create one of a kind accessories and crafts. I have partnered with them this week to provide some holiday gift ideas.
More About The Community Cloth
Shared from the organization’s About page:
The Community Cloth is a microenterprise initiative of The Alliance that empowers refugee women in Houston, Texas. It targets economic, educational and social goals through the provision of training and peer support, and by expanding market opportunities for refugee women artisans. It supports the artisans in creating and selling handmade, indigenous arts and crafts such as woven scarves, knitwear, household items, children’s hats, bags and more. All proceeds go directly to the artisans and the program. We currently work with 32 refugee women artisans who come from Myanmar (Burma), Bhutan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
To learn more, visit their site: https://www.thecommunitycloth.org
My Take on the Pieces
I was so impressed by the quality of these pieces, the construction is excellent. They are made of sustainable fabrics and materials, and I love that they are hand made – each item has a tag with the name of the artisan who made it. On top of that, they are so stylish! In the true sense of giving this season, I can’t think of a more meaningful gift than one that is tasteful and also gives back to the artisan who created it.
Click on the image or link below to shop the pieces. Remember, these are one of a kind so if you like it, snag it before someone else does!