The Community Cloth

About The Community Cloth

The Community Cloth is a microenterprise initiative empowering refugee women in Houston. Managed by Alliance, it targets economic, educational, and social goals through seed grants, training, peer support, and by expanding market opportunities for refugee women artisans. The Cloth supports them in creating and selling handmade, indigenous arts and crafts such as woven scarves, knitted scarves, household items, children's hats, and more. Through producing and selling their wares, the women have an opportunity to express their culture and heritage, learn new skills that will assist them in transitioning to life in the US, and obtain much-needed supplemental income. All of the proceeds go directly to the artisans and the program. Most of the women involved to date are mothers; some are widows or are the only working member of their families.