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4 Brands Supporting Refugees Worldwide

In honour of World Refugee Day, we’re featuring brands that help displaced communities through employment and education initiatives.

Image courtesy of SEP Jordan

Across the world, there are currently over 70 million people who have had to flee violence and from their homes, amongst them nearly 30 million refugees. Some have settled in new countries; others in refugee camps, waiting for safety and some semblance of security.


How can one help? You could donate and certainly every dollar counts, but better yet, give with a purpose knowing that your contribution is impactful and effective.


"I am looking at the refugee situation in the Middle East, and it keeps deteriorating despite the massive amounts of aid poured into the region for over 70 years," says Roberta Ventura, founder and CEO of social enterprise and lifestyle brand, SEP Jordan. "It is just not working."


"Make sure that they can monetise their talent, their skills, their work. Not by donating them money, but by empowering them."


You could start here. Meet the ethical brands that are transparent, sustainable and help our fellow humans secure a better, safer future.



Image courtesy of SEP Jordan

SEP Jordan

What: Hand-embroidered fashion and lifestyle accessories; blending hallmarks of Middle-Eastern craftsmanship with Italian style.

How it supports refugees:

This ethical brand works with over 500 Palestinian and Syrian refugees, as well as Jordanian embroidery artists mainly in the Jerash camp area, in the north of Jordan.


Each piece is embroidered by a single artist; women refugees who are trained at its academy and benefit from above-market rates and performance bonuses.


The aim is for them to gain not only professional and economy stability, but emotional independence. Additionally, for every purchase online during the Covid-19 pandemic, $20 goes to doctor care, disinfectants, hand-sanitisers and medicine in the Jerash camps.



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Vanina

What: Handcrafted jewellery, bags and clothes, using upcycling and zero-waste methods.


How it supports refugees:

The eco-luxe brand goes beyond environmental activism. 100% of its products are handcrafted in their workshops in Lebanon, where they collaborate with local NGOs for sourcing and manufacturing.


Their jewellery atelier was set up in the Beqaa Valley with the help of SAWA, a Lebanese NGO supporting Syrian refugees, and their evening bags are created by craftspeople in the Homs refugee camp; giving these artisans the dignity of choice and self-reliance.



Sabah

What: Handmade leather loafers based on a traditional Turkish shoemaking method.

How it supports refugees:

Sabah (it means 'morning' in Turkish) didn’t start off as a social mission business. But the family of shoemakers in Gaziantep, Turkey, that made its first prototype has since expanded into a team of over 30, including a few Syrian refugees due to its proximity. They now work in a healthier, cleaner facility; are paid a living wage and receive healthcare and performance bonuses.

The brand has also introduced a training programme to recruit and train craftsmen within the workshop.





Muhra

What: Handmade jewellery, accessories and T-shirts

How it supports refugees:

The brand is an initiative of Small Projects Instanbul, an NGO established in 2015 to support those displaced by conflict in Syria, the Middles East and the North Africa Region. Through Muhra, women refugees learn various techniques and skills, including supplemental education and language training to help them become self-sufficient.

The products are sent to fair trade stores around the world, and through these alliances and donations, the women are able to make a small income and given a chance to rebuild their lives.