Margo Selby collaborates with Syrian Refugees living in Greek camps to design a new range of homewares.
Love Welcomes works with Syrian women in Greek refugee camps to help them build a better future through income generation skills. They are trained to weave handcrafted products, such as welcome mats, out of old life jackets. Transforming the humble materials into a symbol of new hope, these products are sold around the world as an inspirational reminder of the value of human life.
Margo travelled with Abi Hewitt, (Love Welcomes Co-founder) to their workshop in Ritsona and worked with the refugee weavers, further developing their technical skills and teaching them to weave a set of products developed in the Margo Selby studio, using the life jacket and rescue blanket materials intrinsic to this social enterprise.
From Love Welcomes…
Abi said: “Women and children have been forced to leave an unsafe home for unsafe waters clinging to the hope of a better future. With almost nothing but a life vest, they arrive in an unfamiliar world in search of a new life. Love Welcomes is helping refugee women build a new life through a business initiative which supports them and the camp they are now living in.”
The refugee women of Ritsona are putting their hands to work, weaving colourful welcome products made from life jackets.
Impact so far includes:
– As of June 2019, over 2,500 products have been made
– Jobs have been provided for 29 women
– 20 women have been permanently relocated across Europe with employable
– The full retail price goes to the women and the refugee community.