Founded in Buffalo, New York in 2014, Stitch Buffalo is made up of over 50 resettled refugee women from Bhutan, Nepal, Thailand, Burma, and Angola. The women get together weekly to make handcrafted items and textiles that are then sold at various locations throughout Buffalo. The women earn an hourly wage for their time spent working on crafts, which helps build their confidence and financial independence. In addition, Stitch Buffalo offers a variety of classes and workshops that are open to resettled refugee women as well as the broader public. Many resettled refugee women co-teach the classes on topics such as embroidery, weaving on a back-strap loom, and more.
All photos courtesy of Stitch Buffalo