Artisan Bags by Refugee Women | We Made This

Support refugee women's empowerment

Our Story

We Made This is a social enterprise that provides psycho-social integration, skills training, and supplementary income for refugees.

The Mission

We Made This is a employment skills training program for refugees. WMT provides 12 week introductory, intermediate, and artisan sewing classes structured around developing and strengthening sewing and communication skills, hands-on production, and familiarization of business needs. We Made This is targeted specifically at low-integrator refugees who face many barriers to integration into our Denver Community.  WMT produces bags and accessories, with 55% of sales going to the person that made the good. 

The Outcome

The outcome of WMT is multi-faceted:

  • Increased social interaction and feelings of belonging and inclusion

  • ESL training and increased English-language competency

  • Skill set development

  • Workforce readiness training with a pathway to employment

  • Increased supplementary income

100% Handmade

Our international group of women hand-sews every product we sell. As a result, slight variations in design may occur. Please treat all items as handmade.

To showcase the diversity of cultures at We Made This, we purchase a variety of imported fabrics, including African kitenge and kanga, batiks, woven Burmese fabrics, Thai cotton prints, South American woven textiles, indigo fabric, and mud cloth.  This variety adds to the uniqueness of our products and contributes to the story of integration we hope to show through our designs.