RefuSHE Artisan Collective



East Africa Accelerator
in partnership with Acumen

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Supporting young refugee women in East Africa, to empower them and provide a source of income

RefuSHE's founding principle is that every young woman has the right to flourish. The Artisan Collective is a peer-driven social enterprise that supports unaccompanied and orphaned young refugee women in East Africa.

Through the design and production of hand-dyed textile products, Artisan Collective members gain tailoring training and entrepreneurship skills to become economically independent. They express themselves creatively while learning tangible skills that lead to self-sufficiency. 100 % of proceeds from the products are reinvested back into the Collective and the livelihoods of its members. 

The trauma-informed approach allows artisans to achieve economic and social independence. Participants continue their healing within RefuSHE’s supportive environment while learning entrepreneurial skills.  


Our social enterprise business strategy has grown tremendously during the accelerator. When we started, we didn't have a clear understanding of our finances, customers, and growth plan. Now, we have a strong foundation for our financials, we've started to segment our customers, and we have a clear strategy for growth over the next five years.

Emily Snider, Director of Marketing & Artisan Initiatives