A Letter from One of Two 2011 Grant Recipients

The International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville is grateful to Women United for choosing to provide funding for the establishment of a Refugee Women’s Craft Cooperative. This project will allow refugee women artisans, including weavers, jewelry makers, seamstresses, and those who do knitting, crocheting and macramé, to learn how to market their wares with a goal of bringing much needed income into their families.

Under the auspices of this project, participating women will also receive instruction in basic business practices and be guided through the process of establishing a cooperative to support their ongoing work. Knowledge gained through this project will help IRC strengthen its capacity to support future refugee business and micro-enterprise development.

Thank you,

Harriet Kuhn, Executive Director
International Rescue Committee