Hope Street Market (HSM) markets and sells quality, up-cycled products handmade by local refugees for purchase either individually or at home shows.
Hope Street Market…Hope that Helps!
Imagine coming to the United States as a refugee with children and trying to make it on your own.
Imagine what it would be like to be here without a job or any connections.
Imagine what it would be like to be here with no friends. No hope.
Now, imagine this…
A community who have come together to offer resources to help refugees meet their very real, financial, personal and spiritual needs. Hope Street Market does just that.
We have often heard, “you have to pay for everything here.” Many of the refugee women have to leave their motherly roles to find jobs outside of the home – such a foreign concept to them.
And in most cases this is very difficult due to lack of work experience and language barriers (as most speak very broken English, if any at all).
Hand woven infinity scarves out of special thread from Thailand $35
Beautiful and useful totes, lined and in a variety of prints $25
T-shirts make great bags, lots of choices of size and styles $10
Upcycled men’s dress shirts into the cutest little girls’ dresses, variety of colors and styles available $30
Upcycled ties are now glasses (or slim phone) cases $15
Upcycled Topo Chico water bottles make beautiful soy candles scented for the season! $13
By purchasing products from HSM you are not only getting a unique, handcrafted product, but you are also directly helping local refugee families.
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Who We Are
HSM began in 2014 as an idea for a way to help meet financial needs for local refugees. As we met more and more refugees we were consistently faced with a similar question, “Can you help me find a job?”. Millie, a stay-at-home mom, could relate to the difficult decision the families had regarding the mother working and felt burdened to help create a solution. Hope Street Market was born!
The initial concept of Hope Street Market was to provide these women a way to earn a living while staying at home with their children. This is accomplished by providing materials and equipment as necessary so they can create handcrafted goods. Hope Street Market then markets and sells the items through a variety of retail and wholesale outlets as well as online sources; in turn, providing the women with wages from the sale of the items. This concept was tested and was well received by the refugee women and a small test market of consumers. It was so inspiring and heartwarming to see the joy on the faces of these refugees as they brought us their finished products, smiling and asking for more to do.
Hope Street Market desires to build relationships with the refugees and not just be an “employer”. As a result of gaining their trust and day-to-day interactions with these dear people, we are able to develop deep relationships, friends and be a family to these ladies who have fled their home countries.
Our hope is that HSM can be that solution by offering a work from home opportunity that will provide a comfortable second income to help meet the financial obligations of the home.
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What is a Refugee?
According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services: Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Refugee status is a form of protection that may be granted to people who meet the definition of refugee and who are of special humanitarian concern to the United States. Refugees are generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm.
Kwey Paw left the violence of Burma in 1996 to the refugee camps of Thailand. She came to the US in 2010. Kwey Paw is married and stays busy with four of her children. She has one adult son still living in Thailand. She hand weaves lovely scarves.
Ghasoon came from Iraq in October 2012 to escape the dangers of war. She has come through many trails including losing her brother due to the violence in Baghdad and being away from her very ill mother. She is married with two very small children. Ghasoon loves to cook, sew, learn English, raise her children and enjoys picnicking with her family.
Jeanine came to the US from The Congo in February 2013. She was orphaned as a baby and raised in a refugee camp after her parents and seven siblings’ lives were taken through genocide in Rwanda. She is excited to have a new start here and hopes to serve others as a nurse one day. Jeanine worked on our jewelry pieces.
Tinme escaped Burma to avoid being enslaved by the violent Burmese government, after 3 years in a refugee camp, she came to US. She is married and has two children. She desires for them to make good grades & hopes they have a brighter future now.
Ruaa came to the US in May 2012 to escape the violence taking over her home country of Iraq. She is married with two daughters (one of whom is special needs). Despite the unrest of being a refugee, she always seems to have a smile on her face. She is excited to use her skills as a seamstress to in making a new start here.
Sajada is a loving wife and mother. She arrived in the US from warm town Iraq in August of 2012. She likes sewing and would love to work in the fashion industry someday. She is thankful to be in America and desires to have a good life here.
Doggie, who came to America from Burma in 2010 to escape the violence of the Burmese government. She isn’t married and has no children. She is talented at hand weaving scarves and bags. She is very happy to have the chance at a new start in life.
Ilham is from Iraq and is an excellent seamstress. She is proud to be earning additional income to help support her family. She designs and sews our line of girls’ dresses.
Rasmia, who is from Iraq, came to the US after being a refugee in Jordan. She is proud to have become a US citizen in 2014. Despite her many health concerns, she enjoys learning new skills like sewing to make a better life for herself here.
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