PART THREE - Ruth + Our Refugee Program
April's decision to start her own business came from her passions around sustainability, human welfare, and a hope for a stronger US economy. When she decided to expand our sewing team this year, she looked at it as another opportunity to apply her passions and find a way to positively contribute to the world.
When she decided to expand our sewing team this year, she looked at it as another opportunity to apply her passions and find a way to positively contribute to the world.
Let's first rewind to when it all started...It was 2008 when April started Little Korboose. At the time, she was making all of our prototypes by hand. She was limited in time, and the demand was becoming too much. April needed a well-seasoned sewist who was a self-starter with problem-solving skills to help develop new products.
That's when April met Ruth!
"It was like a dream! Ruth owned her own alterations business for years and knew just about everything there is to know about sewing. Most importantly, she was passionate. Not just about sewing, but about making high quality, handcrafted items for customers. She was...ahem...IS perfect."
In the last 8 years as head sewist, Ruth has helped us develop numerous LK production processes and supports our environmental efforts by managing our textile scraps (ie: never throwing scraps in a landfill). She is irreplaceable!
At the beginning of this year, we decided to expand our sewing team while simultaneously continuing our efforts to support our community. We brought two refugees onto the LK sewing and production team right here in the USA! Sura and Amtul are HUMAN BEINGS that were forced to leave their own countries in order to escape harsh conditions and we were happy to take them under our wing.
Meet Sura! Seen here sewing our Handcrafted in America tag into one of our tapestries.He was a tailor in Nepal before he had to leave his country and has a passion for sewing that is contagious. In a few years, Sura will be able to get his US citizenship, but he already acts like the proudest American we have ever met.
Meet Amtul! Here she is after proudly finishing production on a pillow from the LK Kid's line. (Her face cannot be pictured in order to protect her privacy.)Although she does not call herself a formally trained sewist, the day we met her she was wearing an outfit she made from a silk material. It was beyond professional quality! She is a mother and strong woman. We are so proud to watch her sharpen her skills and gain independence as a woman in the US. An opportunity she was not given in Pakistan."Her voice grows a little louder, which I encourage, each time I talk with her."
"I can't quite describe how special it has been to work with this group of experts, both native and from afar, but I know the experience has changed me forever and I am once again, grateful."
To learn more about the LK refugee program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org