International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Refugee Owned Businesses Enrich Our Community

   

Every year, over 75,000 people in our community enjoy art and food from around the world at Tucson Meet Yourself, a festival that celebrates Tucson’s rich cultural heritage. This year, four refugee-owned businesses participated in the event. Morad Ceramics, Beck’s African Accessories, Paradise Fashion Design and Charlotte's African Dresses are all refugee-owned businesses in Tucson and Phoenix who are supported by the IRC’s Microenterprise Program.

The IRC Microenterprise Program offers start up grants and business loans of up to $15,000, and supports refugee entrepreneurs in every step of starting and expanding a business. Many refugees were business owners in their home country and prevail over cultural, linguistic and economic barriers in the United States to become business owners again. IRC supported businesses who participated in Tucson Meet Yourself believe these kinds of cultural festivals provide an opportunity for them to share their own living history, while also learning about all the diverse cultures that coexist in our community.

 

IRC Microenterprise Businesses at Tucson Meet Youself

Morad Ceramics (pictured above left)
Business Owner: Morad Jasim, Turkey
Turkish ceramic art featuring hand painted plates, bowls, vases and tiles reflecting the ancient Iznik tradition

Beck’s African Accessories (pictured above right)
Business Owner: Rebecca Tiah, Liberia
African hair braiding and accessories such as hair extensions, clothing and jewelry

Paradise Fashion Design
Business Owner: Teddy, Democratic Republic of Congo
African clothing design for men and women

Charlotte’s African Dresses
Business Owner: Charlotte Nsabaka, Democratic Republic of Congo
Congolese dressmaker specializing in African wear for women
 

For more information about IRC’s Microenterprise Program, please contact Yasmin Badri, Microenterprise Program Coordinator for the IRC in Phoenix and Tucson.