Our artisans come from all around the world. Here are a few of their stories:
Rahel: Rahel is from Ethiopia. She learned to sew from her mother when she was 17, and has lived in the United States for 7 years. Her dream is to have her own sewing shop.
Salem: Salem began learning to sew in Ethiopia at the age of 21. She learned tailoring, first on paper, then on fabric. She is now 26 and has been in the United States for one year. In the future, she wants to be a designer for traditional African/Ethiopian clothing and other styles of clothing.
Siu: Raised in Hong Kong, Siu immigrated to Seattle in 2014. Her grown son came to join her in 2016. Siu Speaks limited English, and works part time by taking care of Chinese elders. She loves to sew and make handcrafted goods. She was the first artisan perfecting in making our unique reversible bottom necklaces. She enjoys making extra income for RAI out of the comfort of her home.
Bishnu: Born in Bhutan, Bishnu became a refugee when she fled to Nepal. Then, she came to Seattle in 2014. Bishnu was working as a janitor at her local hospital until she had her third child in February 2018. Bishnu has a strong sewing background, and is thrilled to apply those skills toward making our products while nursing her infant son at home.
Samples of our artisan's own creations: