Founded in the Atlanta-suburb of Clarkston, Georgia in 2008, the Refugee Sewing Society is a group of resettled refugee women who meet weekly to work on a variety of handmade items such as head scarves, jewelry, dolls, handbags, and more. The women come from diverse places around the world, including countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Finished products are sold in the group’s onsite store as well as at local boutiques and online. Each woman who participates in the group receives a monthly paycheck representing 60% of the proceeds of the sales from her handmade items, which creates a valuable source of supplemental income for her family. Along with making sellable products, the Refugee Sewing Society is a safe and welcoming place for resettled refugee women to practice English and engage in cross-cultural exchange.
All photos courtesy of Refugee Sewing Society