RF8: Hanaa's story of hope

Welcome to Refugee Friday! Today is the EIGTH installment of Refugee Friday. Every Friday, through the end of the year, we're partnering with Preemptive Love to share the stories of refugee survivors across Syria and Iraq. Along with giving these survivors a voice to share their story, 50% of orders placed on Refugee Friday will go to Preemptive Love to contribute aid and relief efforts, but ultimately, to restoring dignity after desolation.

Meet Hanaa + her story of hope…

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Hanaa crafts each of her garments with love and detail. Business was booming for her after Eid—her community bought all new celebratory outfits for Eid.


Hanaa has always worked since her husband was killed. She taught herself how to sew 9 years ago on her own. At first, she made outfits for her daughters. But after expanding her craft, trial and error, her friends and family began to notice the quality of her garments. Her income had always been very low, her family of five live in one room with a kitchen on the side in her parent’s backyard.

Preemptive Love invested in her and her work, equipping Hanaa with a sewing machine she needed to expand her business. The new sewing machine has allowed her to make garments in a fraction of the time she did before. With her profits from this month, she’s even purchased fabric at wholesale and been able to sell it back to her customers at retail price to diversify her business. Hanaa dreams of her business being able to provide a home for her family one day.

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Hanaa’s two teenage daughters help her with final finishing work, while she does all the designing and piece work. By involving her girls, Hanaa is teaching them the craft and allowing them to have a role in contributing to the family.

This Friday, stand with Hanaa and her family as she builds her business to provide her family with a place they can call home as 50% of today’s proceeds will be donated to Preemptive Love and in turn, to women like Hanaa.


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