Okay folks, I'm not much for product endorsements, but I'm making an exception to tell you all about an amazing work being done in Houston: the Community Cloth. The refugee women of Community Cloth make beautiful artisan woven goods (I can tell you from experience, they are gorgeous), and since 2009 they have been selling them at markets, in people's homes, in boutiques--basically anywhere they can all over Houston. I'm excited to report that Community Cloth has just launched an online store to sell them all over the country.
|Photo by David Brown of dabfoto 2012|
The Community Cloth is part of Our Global Village's outreach efforts, and it is specifically designed to empower refugee women relocated to Houston from Bhutan, Burma, and Iraq. Community Cloth's mission is to empower these women to improve their economic and social situation through education and enterprise. The organization has this to say about itself:
|Photo by Jane Foster Photography|
I have been buying Community Cloth products for a couple of years now, because I think it is just amazing how entrepreneurial these women are, and also because it is incredible to see how they are taking this tiny bit of empowerment and using it to improve their entire community. And this year, I have the great pleasure of having founder Roxanna Paiva in my Leadership Houston class (awesome lady) to tell me about all the amazing things that are happening in the organization: like a NEW ONLINE STORE!
If you or someone you know (1) loves artisan woven goods; (2) loves empowering women; (3) loves making a difference; (4) appreciates an entrepreneurial spirit; and/or (5) just wants to feel good about the money you/they are spending this Christmas, please consider shopping Community Cloth.