Multicultural Refugee Coalition
Austin, Texas, USA
MissionCreating livelihood opportunities for refugees
What We DoMulticultural Refugee Coalition is an innovative nonprofit organization employing refugees in fair-wage, dignified work through two social enterprises: a sewing studio and an organic farm.
The Open Arms Studio employs a diverse group of refugees and immigrants to produce high-quality goods for private designers and retailers seeking to make ethical products. Representing home countries of Afghanistan, Burma, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mexico, Open Arms seamstresses produce small batches of products and year-round projects for partners such as Project Repat, Newton Supply Company, and Trek Light.
New Leaf Agriculture connects refugees to employment at a 20-acre commercial farm in Elgin, Texas. Refugee farmers from Bhutan and Democratic Republic of Congo grow for local farmers' markets, restaurants and families part of the weekly Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. New Leaf also connects 20 refugee families to community garden plots and resources to produce fresh, healthy produce to feed their families. We are proud to practice regenerative farming techniques in combination with those familiar to our farmers' country of origin.