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UNHCR X UNIQLO Bracelets
Supporting Refugee Livelihoods One Bracelet At A Time

Aug 09, 2021 SUSTAINABILITY
Donate to support refugee livelihoods and receive a hand-crafted beaded bracelet made by refugees.
Donate $5 at checkout to support refugee livelihoods and receive a handcrafted beaded bracelet made by refugees as a gift celebrating talent, heritage and hope. All donations will go to MADE51, a self-reliance program launched by UNHCR that enables refugees to use their traditional craftsmanship to earn a living as well as other livelihoods programs benefiting refugees.

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an image of bracelets held by hands© UNHCR / S Otieno Odhiambo

CRAFTED BY REFUGEES


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launched MADE51, an initiative which gives refugees the opportunity to use their traditional craftsmanship to regain economic independence, become self-reliant and contribute to their host communities. This year UNIQLO and UNHCR celebrate 10 years of global partnership. Adding to clothing donations, emergency support and refugee employment at UNIQLO stores, UNIQLO is now supporting UNHCR to strengthen refugees’ self-reliance through MADE51.

The UNHCR x UNIQLO bracelet is the first co-developed product, and was designed through discussions between UNIQLO and UNHCR. The bracelets will be distributed in 16 countries in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific.

The UNHCR X UNIQLO bracelet was crafted by South Sudanese refugee women in Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. Beading is a traditional craft in South Sudan, where patterns and colors carry cultural meanings.
Through MADE51, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNIQLO have helped these women to earn an income and support their families. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and food crisis throughout Africa, this support is more valuable than ever. The colors used in this bracelet symbolize our partnership’s commitment to stand #WithRefugees.

an image of a lady holding a baby© UNHCR / S Otieno Odhiambo

Lucy A., a Turkana woman from the host community, poses for a photo with her child at the MADE51 centre in Kalobeyei. She proudly displays her first UNHCR X UNIQLO bracelet.
Though the majority of MADE51 artisans are refugees, in some locations refugee groups work with host community artisans. This helps create social cohesion and uplifts host communities, which are often also struggling with their own socio-economic challenges.

an image of ladies making bracelets© UNHCR / P Gomes

Artisanal work can bring women together, which can have profound benefits that range from psycho-social support – artisan work is often used as a form of therapy – to skills development. One refugee artisan from a group in Egypt, explained, “working in a group is very important and very beautiful because I gain new experience.”

an image of a lady making bracelets © UNHCR / S Otieno Odhiambo

The bracelet collaboration engages artisan women from South Sudan who are currently living as refugees in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, and are internally displaced in South Sudan.
The refugee crisis in South Sudan is complex. Since December 2013, brutal conflict has claimed thousands of lives and driven nearly 4 million people from their homes.

While many remain displaced inside the country, 2.2 million have fled to neighboring countries in a desperate bid to reach safety.

an image of bracelets held by hands© UNHCR / S Otieno Odhiambo

To this day, beadwork is a rich art that is practiced throughout East Africa. Beading is a meticulous craft and differences in techniques and patterns are associated with differences in ethnicities and religions.

Colors carry meaning: depending on the group, they can denote the age, marital status and/or social station of their wearer.
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*This gift with purchase campaign is valid while supplies last.