Social Fabric Association has been working with refugees in Zürich since June, 2015. We offer a drop in sewing class for refugees every Thursday morning from 9.30 – 12.00 (except in August and December, when we are closed). Participants can learn how to make clothes and accessories using donated fabrics with the help of volunteers and the Social Fabric team.
We also sell a number of items that we designed together with refugees, in order to help us finance our project. Visit www.refugees-welcome.ch to buy a refugee designed t-shirt. 20% of the proceeds from each sale with go to the refugee designer, or to a non-profit organisation of their choice (depending on their permit status). We also offer rucksacks and cosmetic cases that are made in Zürich by the participants of our project.
Besides providing opportunities for intercultural exchange, the project aims to involve participants in the process of product development and design, market testing, and business development. Learning these skills gives participants basic knowledge about developing a business idea and starting a business. We also aim to build a network together with the people who participate in our workshops, in order to give them better chances of finding jobs and building lives here in Switzerland.
More than 40 refugees have participated in our workshops since we started, and in 2016, we launched a new phase of our pilot project. We are collaborating with the AOZ (the institution that provides social assistance to refugees in the city of Zürich) to provide work placements for refugees at Social Fabric. Additionally, in September, 2016, we ran a crowdfunding campaign in order to collect customer orders and raise an internship salary, for Cisse, one of our participants who is a tailor from Ivory Coast. Read more about this campaign here.
Do you want to support our project with refugees?
Make donations to:
IBAN CH39 0839 0034 1225 1010 6
Social Fabric Association
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