Our aim is to provide sustainable livelihoods for Syrian women in refugee camps worldwide.
Threads Of Syria
This is one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. By the end of 2016, more than 65 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of war or violence.
Over 5 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homeland, only to struggle in overburdened refugee camps.
Refugees Have Untapped Skills.
But life in refugee camps does not have to be hopeless or an endless struggle.
Our needs assessment with Syrian women refugees in the Chatila refugee camp uncovered that a Syrian woman had an average of 17 years of experience in knitting, sewing, and embroidery - skills that were common as a home-maker back home in Syria.
However, the women did not have a chance to utilize these untapped skills to their fullest potential.
We decided to launch Threads Of Syria to tap into women refugees' talents in craftsmanship, offering flexible home-based work opportunities for women in refugee camps in hand-knitting Syrian Scarves.
Our self-sustaining model has been carefully designed, such that the women refugees do not face any financial risk when engaging in the craftwork. We cover all costs of production; from materials, to above fair-trade wages for the women, shipments, e-commerce and marketing.
Our process is simple.
Each woman is guaranteed US$15.00 per Syrian Scarf crafted. They are taught to craft Syrian Scarves from a lead coordinator, and can choose to either knit with their family, or meet other women to craft together in a tight-knit community.
We pay for all the raw materials and equipment to be sent into the refugee camp, including logistical and operational costs. This is so that rightfully, the women do not have to bear any financial risk in paying for materials upfront.
After quality control, the Syrian Scarves are collected from the women and then sent to our global distribution networks in Canada and Singapore. Naturally, we also source cheaper shipping routes and provide packaging guidelines for an expedient process.
After the scarves are sold, remaining profits are ploughed back into a Community Fund to benefit the women's families and reinvigorate the camp community. Eventual operational profits made may vary due to discounts offered, differing custom taxes, and varying shipment costs.