Why We Got Started
The Start of Something Great
Through my work at Ten Thousand Villages on Thames Street in Baltimore, I was fortunate to meet both asylees (individuals who come to the United States seeking asylum) and refugees (groups of individuals our government has deemed likely to be persecuted in their country of origin). I saw first-hand the beautiful and intricate work these individuals can create, and discovered they have limited or no means of continuing their craft in our country. I decided to open a boutique shop in Fell’s Point to sell their handmade crafts. A section within the store is set aside as a workshop to afford refugees and asylees the opportunity to continue using the skills they brought with them as they acclimated to the United States. Customers are encouraged to meet the artisans and watch them make their handcrafted items.