Founded in Akron, Ohio in 2014, Neighbors Apparel employs resettled refugee women as seamstresses to make fashionable handbags and accessories. Each woman in the group is paid an hourly wage to work in the comfort of her own home on handmade items. The finished products are then sold online and at local boutiques. Along with promoting financial independence among the seamstresses of the group, Neighbors Apparel also strives to dispel negative stereotypes about resettled refugees and educate the broader community about the skills, talents, and creativity that they bring with them to the United States.
All photos courtesy of Neighbors Apparel