Aritisan Together is a group of political refugees who are creating work opportunities for themselves during a time of economic crisis in Italy. 90% of the profits go directly to the artisans. As the artisans achieve self-sustainability through this project, they aim to create opportunities for other refugees who also find themselves seeking to re/build their lives in Italy.
They are a diverse group of men from Afganistan, Pakistan, Mali, and Ghana. Their stories are harrowing and heartening. They are young and old, able-bodied and disabled, Christian and Muslim and speak many different languages.
Despite these challenges and differences, the men have committed to working together in order to make a better life for themselves, as well as for their fellow refugees. 10% of profits from this project are reinvested in the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC), located in the heart of Rome, Italy. The Center offers hospitalitiy to political refugees from around the globe, sponsors this project, and aims to meet the ongoing and urgent needs of approximately 200 guests who seek sanctuary in the Center daily.