Stitching New Lives

Stitching New Lives

Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI) is a non-profit that partners with refugee and immigrant women as they work to achieve economic stability. At RAI, artisans overcome barriers to employment through skills and micro business training while handcrafting goods from recycled materials. This innovative circular economy model champions both equity and sustainability.

Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI) is a non-profit that partners with refugee and immigrant women as they work to achieve economic stability. At RAI, artisans overcome barriers to employment through skills and micro business training while handcrafting goods from recycled materials. This innovative circular economy model champions both equity and sustainability.

SHOP OUR LATEST COLLECTION OF UPCYCLED RICE, COFFEE & GRAIN BAGS.

SHOP OUR LATEST COLLECTION OF UPCYCLED RICE, COFFEE & GRAIN BAGS.

Mending Fairs

Mending Fairs

Do you want to learn to mend your own clothes? Do you want to live more sustainably? Learn from our Artisans. Keep your old favorites out of the landfill and build new skills with us

Do you want to learn to mend your own clothes? Do you want to live more sustainably? Learn from our Artisans. Keep your old favorites out of the landfill and build new skills with us

It was a much appreciated surprise when Ming-Ming was awarded Recycler of the Year by the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) in May. 
Refugee Artisan Initiative is now offering free mending services to the public. This exciting new project aims to reduce landfill waste, pass on vital skills, and create equitable income for artisans.
Since we live in the city that founded Starbucks, it’s only appropriate that RAI artisans have routinely been upcycling Starbucks’ burlap by the hundreds of pounds and turning them into a signature burlap market tote bagssmall pouches, and wine totes

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