The Global Refuge Artisan program employs refugees and internally displaced people.
Our goal is to provide livelihoods to help the displaced thrive. We have seen the ability to work restore a sense of dignity and purpose. Job creation and training in marketable skills are used to make becoming self-sufficient a possibility. Having a way to earn income also frees artisans to become less dependent on the aid system.
Artisans create craft items that can be sold for income. A portion of the sale also helps bring money back into their local Global Refuge program. This not only gives artisans the empowerment of attaining a marketable skill for their future, but also gives them the ability to contribute to their communities in a tangible way.
Currently Global Refuge employs 13 refugee artisans from the Democratic Republic of Congo and 9 artisans from South Sudan.
In 2018, artisans were paid a total of $3,050. Their items are sold at the Global Refuge retail store, Global Goods & Coffee and Global Thrift. Sales from Global Goods brought in $12,548, leaving $9,498 to go to life-saving medical care for the communities served by Global Refuge in Northern Uganda and Eastern Congo.