love heals project

Within the context of violence and displacement, women tend to be disproportionately vulnerable.  Living in a refugee camp increases the risks of boredom, societal exclusion, financial losses, as well as protection related issues, such as abuse and human trafficking. The remote location of Ritsona camp further increases the risks mentioned here. Vulnerable people and groups, including women, are most likely to be affected. I AM YOU aims to address such issues and work towards reducing the protection risks. With this in mind, we have developed a social enterprise program with our experienced partner, Thistle Farms.

Thistle Farms is an American non-profit, focusing on empowerment through employment for women, including survivors of trafficking. They recognise the risks that living in a refugee camp can pose, and therefore wish to create a safe and a financially profitable space for women. I AM YOU is a non-profit organisation that believes in the empowerment of all refugees, through developing skills that will equip them for an easier integration process. With this in mind, we actively support the economic empowerment of a female workforce. Ergo, both organisations' ethos and approach are committed to delivering a social enterprise for the female refugee population in Ritsona.

Through providing opportunities and a safe space for female residents to use their skills through social enterprise, the women gain the opportunity to step out of limbo, make an income, and increase societal inclusion for the camp community as a whole. The items produced within the project are sold to consumers, and the profit is reinvested towards the women themselves, the production, and the community they reside in. Additionally, awareness is spread through marketing and selling the produced matts in the USA. The program aims to become self-funded through the sales of the products.