OUR MISSION & VALUES.
A movement advancing women’s economic rights and access to employment in displacement camps. Providing the tools to break barriers, bridge worlds, and create sustainable livelihoods by building on existing traditional skillsets in knitting, crocheting, and embroidery.
A world with less barriers and more bridges to fulfill human potential.
OUR CORE VALUES.
WE PRIORITIZE RESPECT
Tight Knit Syria is in an equal partnership with the women working in displacement camps preserving a bottom-up approach.
WE STRIVE FOR BALANCE
Tight Knit Syria provides women with work that complements their other existing responsibilities as caregivers, community leaders, mothers, and wives.
WE PRACTICE EMPATHY
Tight Knit Syria actively seeks the most sustainable and ethical choice to protect people, animals, and the environment.
Tight Knit Syria maximizes impact and potential through collaboration with different organizations. We also inspire local communities, individuals, families, schools and companies to get involved and be changemakers. Do you have an idea? Reach out to us! firstname.lastname@example.org
WE BELIEVE IN AGENCY
Tight Knit Syria’s philosophy is that everyone has the responsibility to expose themselves to stories of empowerment, strength, and resilience. We believe this fosters positive, passionate, and productive changemakers in all of us.
ABOUT OUR PROCESS.
Common societal perceptions of women as homemakers who perform domestic tasks only make it challenging for them to defy conventions, make decisions in the household, and assume paid work.
LACK OF OPPORTUNITY
Sociocultural barriers often prevent displaced women from accessing the training needed to learn entrepreneurial skills and access local and international markets.
Our artisans have fled war and are faced with new challenges in refugee camps, including lack of sufficient humanitarian aid, high daily expenses, and extreme living conditions. Often times, one source of income is insufficient.
LACK OF RESOURCES
Women lack the education and resources needed to seek out suppliers, materials, initial funding, and foster business opportunities outside the confines of the camp.
We expand on existing skillsets like needlework, which is considered culturally acceptable and allows the women to overstep cultural limitations and create opportunity.
Our artisans work from home, so they don’t have to commute at night. We also ensure fair wages and a safe environment where they can exchange advice and gain emotional support.
We follow a bottom-up approach and build on our extensive networks to link these women with international consumers, retailers and designers.
We offer a type of employment that allows women the scheduling flexibility to combine their work with their domestic tasks, so that one need not be sacrificed for the other.
Our artisans report having more confidence, giving them more decision-making power in the household. Economic empowerment also diminishes vulnerability to gender-based violence and being forced into early marriage.
Adult male family members also become less vulnerable to labour exploitation when the family has more financial means because they are less likely to accept unsafe situations and unfair wages out of desperation.
CHILDREN STAY IN SCHOOL
Empowering mothers combats child labour and marriage, as children are more likely to remain in school when their families don’t rely on them for financial support.
It also allows families to afford adequate medical care for ill or disabled family members, as well as proper food and supplies.