About The Community Cloth

Video credit to CultureMap Houston and videographers Douglas Newman and John Carrithers.

The Community Cloth is a microenterprise initiative empowering refugee women in Houston. It targets economic, educational and social goals through the provision of seed grants, training, and peer support, and by expanding market opportunities for refugee women artisans. It 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. 

Special Thanks to Angel Quesada and the Houston Arts Alliance Program

We visited Pu Pu at her apartment while she made a new throw blanket for our program.

Bipana is one of our artisans from Bhutan who knits hats and scarves for The Community Cloth. She has been with The Community Cloth since 2013. She very much enjoys being part of our community and making a home for her and her family in Texas.

Components of Program

We rely on community involvement and support to effectively help refugee artisans in the following ways: 

Awards and Achievements

The Seed of Hope Award 2013
Rice LINE Success Stories