Hope Street Market (HSM) markets and sells quality, up-cycled products handmade by local refugees.
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Hope Street Market...Hope that Helps!
Imagine coming to the United States as a refugee with children and trying to make it on your own.
Imagine what it would be like to be here without a job or any connections.
Imagine what it would be like to be here with no friends. No hope.
Now, imagine this…
A community who have come together to offer resources to help refugees meet their very real, financial, personal and spiritual needs. Hope Street Market does just that.
We have often heard, “you have to pay for everything here.” Many of the refugee women have to leave their motherly roles to find jobs outside of the home – such a foreign concept to them. And in most cases this is very difficult due to lack of work experience and language barriers (as most speak very broken English, if any at all).
The initial concept of Hope Street Market was to provide these women a way to earn a living while staying at home with their children. This is accomplished by providing materials and equipment as necessary so they can create handcrafted goods. Hope Street Market then markets and sells the items through a variety of retail and wholesale outlets as well as online sources; in turn, providing the women with wages from the sale of the items. This concept was tested and was well received by the refugee women and a small test market of consumers. It was so inspiring and heartwarming to see the joy on the faces of these refugees as they brought us their finished products, smiling and asking for more to do.
Hope Street Market also desires to build relationships with the refugees and not just be an “employer”. As a result of gaining their trust and day-to-day interactions with these dear people, we are able to develop deep relationships, friends and be a family to these ladies who have fled their home countries.
Hope Street Market’s broader vision is to be able to generate enough sales to be a viable, sustainable business that provides part-time, work-from-home opportunities, in addition to full-time management positions to refugees living in Austin and beyond…
Hope Street Market ® , Austin, TX
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According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services: Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Refugee status is a form of protection that may be granted to people who meet the definition of refugee and who are of special humanitarian concern to the United States. Refugees are generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm.