The Mikono Model
Mikono – The Refugee Craft Shop aims to transform refugee lives through handicrafts and technology. Mikono helps refugees build financial independence by connectingtalents of those force to flee with ethical consumers around the world.
Mikono enables refugee artisans to start small businessess, producing and selling crafts to maintain a steady income. Through the Mikono e-commerce marketplace refugee artisans will gain access to a broader geographic area and affluent market. Mikono's fulfillment service enables quick and efficient delivery of goods to consumers, and re-invests alll profits into training new generations of refugee artisans.
The Change Mikono Seeks
Today, over 70.8 million people have been forcibly displaced by war, violence, disaster, and persecution. Whenever refugees flee their homes, they leave behind their livelihoods and prospects, which are critical for self-reliance. This means refugees often have no choice but to depend on humanitarian assistance for an average of 25 years. JRS believes that it doesn’t have to be like this. Having the opportunity to work and earn a living, to be self-reliant, is one of the most effective ways people can rebuild their path forward.