Whenever refugees flee, they leave behind their livelihoods, their prospects and, critically, their capacity for self-reliance.
CRAFTSMANSHIP AND HERITAGE
But what refugees do retain are their traditional skills and craftsmanship – from the leatherworking of the Tuareg in Burkina Faso to the fine embroidery of Syrians in Jordan – that have been passed down from generation to generation.
PARTICIPATION AND ECONOMIC INCLUSION
MADE51 exists to help refuges harness these skills for their own advancement, enabling them to participate in the growing global artisan economy.
UNIQUE PRODUCTS TO INTERNATIONAL MARKET
By modernizing traditional skills, building business acumen, partnering with social enterprises, and with retail brands and buyers who can source and support the product lines, UNHCR can connect refugee-made artisanal products with international markets where they are in demand.
TELLING THE STORY
MADE51 products are not just beautifully crafted. They exude a real essence of humanity. They tell the timely and important story about how this population can be a vital contributive force within the world economy.