Thursday, June 08, 2006

Mailing List Up and Running

I managed to get the mailing list working. The Subscribe and Unsubscribe links are on the right side panel of the blog. For now, I'm using a temporary email address, but I will move it back to RWMI's gmail address once the new version of the software we're using, which will be able to talk with gmail, comes out. If anyone is uncomfortable with their email handle going through this temp server, just send a message to the gmail site and I can add you manually. Since the outbound messages are sent directly, this temp site never sees their addresses.

Back from hiatus

Fell behind on updates while I was scrambling to finish my thesis last semester, but here's what's going on with RWMI now.

1) Market Opportunities
We've been to a couple outdoor markets, including Artsplosure and the Crafter's Flea Market. These outdoor booth markets seem to be much better venues to sell the women's crafts than our previous attempts. We even had some offers from perspective volunteers. I am working on creating a mailing list to help with communication for all those interested.

2) Entrepreneurship Classes
The Women's Minority Business Center in Raleigh came for three weeks to teach the women about market research, product design and pricing. Everyone is still working on putting these new ideas into practice, but it seemed to spark off a lot of lightbulbs.

3) Upcoming Events
  • Saturday Jun 10: 10am-7pm -- Raleigh Bazaar Arts & Crafts Show, NC State Fairgrounds, Exposition Building Sorry, this was a miscommunication. We won't actually be here.

  • Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday July 1, 2 and 4 -- Durham Eno Festival

  • Saturday, July 22 (raindate Saturday, July 29): 8am-2pm -- Crafter's Flea Market, parking lots of Ornamentea on West Street at Johnson St. in downtown Raleigh
I'll get photos posted from each of these events as they happen. I also finally have time again to get our website working *crosses fingers*

Saturday, October 15, 2005

One World Market













These pictures are from a demonstration at One World Market in Durham. We went out there to show off the women's crafts and to talk with Lauren about selling some items to the store. So, if you live in Durham, you can check out a couple things the women make there!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Precious Christmas Purse Ornaments

Friday, September 16, 2005

More craft examples


Christmas ornaments from Clemencia Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

More examples of the Crafts

















These are samples of small bags and doilies made recently by members of the group. The small red bag in the middle of the photo on the left is intended to be a Christmas tree ornament.

Today a group of 7th graders from Exploris Middle School came for a presentation on refugees and also learned a bit about the group. They bought gifts for themselves and family members from the selection of handcrafted items provided by the women. Thank you Exploris Middle Schoolers!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Weekend of Sept. 10th & 11th

The women had a great weekend at 10,000 Villages and Exploris. They made several sales and enjoyed the intercultural atmosphere and experience that these opportunities brought with them. They are looking forward to returning to 10,000 Villages for a future exhibition. Here's a big Thank You to both Exploris and 10,000 Villages for hosting the group!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Coming Events

This Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, RWMI will be at the 10,000 Villages store in Cameron Village.
435 Woodburn Rd
Raleigh, NC 27605

Some of the women will be talking about their experiences as refugees and about the Initiative. Sara will also have some information about refugees in NC. If you just want to come visit with the group, you're welcome to do that, too. And, of course, we'll be selling some of the neat stuff the group has made.


This Sunday we will be at the Exploris Museum's commemoration of 9/11 from 12 noon until 3pm. This will be a less formal appearance, I think. We will have a table set up in the Global Square in the front of the museum. Exploris will have a lot of other really interesting things going on all day, too. I'd definitely recommend checking it out.
201 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC 27601

Wednesday, August 31, 2005



Doilies made by members of the Refugee Women's Micro-Enterprise Posted by Picasa

This is a letter from the Virgie Brown Circle. Annita just brought in a bunch of yarn and crochet thread that they donated to the group. Big "Thank You" to the Circle :-D

Who We Are

The eight women in our group range in age from 28 to 79 and hail from five different countries (Congo-Brazzaville, Sudan, Vietnam, Burma, and Colombia). There will be more information about the women on our website, once I finish it and clear it through LFS. We currently have two volunteers, Annita and me, working on the Initiative. We also have two Sara's. One is the staff member of LFS in charge of RWMI. The other is our contact at Exploris and has been a huge help with organizing the weekly meetings and with our attempts to contact stores who might be interested in selling some of the crafts the women make.

Through a partnership developed last fall with Exploris Museum (and interactive global learning museum in downtown Raleigh), the women are able to come together every Wednesday for about 4 hours to work and socialize in the museums open exhibit setting. Many of them bring their children with them who play with one another and explore the museum. Visitors are encouraged to watch them work and ask questions.