Shoe Business Gives Refugee Families Hope

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Amin knows shoes. He spent 21 years of his life sewing them and molding them into wearable works of art.

But that was before violence struck his town. Before he and his family fled their home in search of safety in a new nation. Before they suffered the destitution of refugee life.

For the past several years, Amin has lived with his wife and children in a small, dilapidated house in a poor neighborhood. His parents and a few of his siblings also fled to the same city and live nearby.

Life in this new place has been difficult for all of them. Refugees in this area typically struggle for work. What jobs they can find pay poor or unfair wages, and their bosses can fire them for any reason, without notice.

And, many families are stuck in this situation for years. Slowly, Amin realized he wouldn’t be going home anytime soon. The war in his country still raged with no end in sight. And in the meantime, his children needed to eat. So, he turned to what he knew best: shoes.

Amin gathered his two brothers and a few other refugee men and started crafting shoes—or at least pieces of them. They didn’t have the machinery necessary to complete entire shoes, and so they did the best they could. They rented a storefront and with Amin’s expert guidance, they started work.

But, their business struggled, and they had trouble attracting consistent customers. On top of this, Amin’s brother-in-law abandoned his sister and their children, and so Amin and his brothers began to support her family, as well.

They needed the shoe business to work, and so friends like you stepped in.

Your gifts helped purchase machines and other materials so the brothers could begin manufacturing entire shoes, and therefore, have the chance to sell their wares in stores and bazaars. You helped give their business a fighting chance to succeed so these refugees could build more stable lives in their new city.

You helped give Amin and his brothers hope.

Please pray for Amin’s fledgling business as it still struggles to develop a solid customer base. Pray it will succeed and expand, offering even more jobs for refugees who are looking to restore the lives they lost to war and violence.