One thing I have wanted to do more of with this little blog of mine is to not just document my personal style and things that I enjoy, or just document things that are currently going on in my life and my adventures (not that there is anything wrong with that, but it can seem superficial and dissatisfying at times), but to also be a positive, friendly, and uplifting voice in this sometimes otherwise world wide web. I've had it on my heart and mind for a while to be more real and honest and true to myself because there is no one else out there in the world just like me (or you!), and to share more about things that matter and less about simply material items. We all have unique and wonderful stories to tell, so when I had the opportunity to partner with The Refugee Project and help tell their story and share their amazing mission, I was completely humbled and honored.
The Refugee Project's mission is "to come alongside refugees, to share the gospel while equipping and training them to lead meaningful and productive lives here in America" by providing community, education, and sustainable income. The products you see here were all handcrafted by refugee women who have participated in various Art Business classes through The Refugee Project. Each piece is unique and helps support these women and their children by providing income and opportunities to share their personal stories. There are so many cute, soft and versatile pieces within their shop, from jewelry and accessories, to home decor.
Some of my favorite pieces are the infinity scarves, bootcuffs, and coffe cup cozies.
When I asked Taylor, a fellow Aggie Alum, Houston resident, and friend, how she became involved with The Refugee Project,
she informed me that she "started The Refugee Project in 2014 after seeing a huge need for sustainable income around mothers living in the refugee community just 45 minutes from [her] house. Houston is one of the largest refugee resettlement cities in the nation and Austin is the second largest in Texas! What we have learned is that these women don’t want a hand out, they don’t want you to feed their children, they don’t want you to pay their bills, THEY want to do all that and by teaching them a skill and buying their products, we are able to empower them to do so."
What an incredible vision!
I love that The Refugee Project allows us to love and support our neighbors in such a simple and impactful way. If you would like to get involved, here's how. If you would like to help support these women, visit their shop to browse and purchase all of their handmade items.
Thank you, Taylor, for allowing me to share this story, and for all of you for supporting something so meaningful and priceless!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Little bitty love,
Top: Banana Republic
Scarf: c/o The Refugee Project
Earrings: c/o The Refugee Project
Jeans: Banana Republic