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The Community Cloth is a refugee-led, refugee-owned microenterprise empowering refugee women in Houston. It runs under the parent 501(c)3 organization, Our Global Village whose mission is to empower grassroots leaders around the world to improve their communities by providing knowledge, resources and support. The project grew out of several refugee communities’ informal experiences of selling handmade arts and crafts, such as woven bags, knitted scarves, embroidered linens, baby clothing, rugs and more. 

Through a series of community meetings held over several months in late 2009, members of the refugee communities voiced a need for expanded and accessible opportunities for refugee women to produce and sell their wares, express their culture and heritage through their crafts, and learn new skills that will assist them in transitioning to life in the US. The biggest request was for seed capital for the women to purchase materials in order to produce their wares and build up their inventory to be sold. The group discussed the idea of offering funding, coupled with training and support, and the Community Cloth was born. We target economic, educational and social goals through the provision of seed grants, training, and peer support, and by expanding market opportunities for refugee women artisans. 

Through producing and selling their wares, the women have an opportunity to express their culture and heritage, learn new skills that will assist them in transitioning to life in the US, and obtain much-needed supplemental income. All profits from sales go directly to the artisans. The Community Cloth is about a new start. Purchases of Cloth products help refugee women provide for the basic needs of their families as they work to establish new lives in Houston. 

For more information or any product inquiries, please email thecommunitycloth@gmail.com. Thanks for shopping!