Empowering Refugee Women: A Journey of Growth at Mozaic Sewing Studio

This blog was written by Suryani Omar

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we are proud to shine a spotlight on the incredible journey of empowerment taking place at the Mozaic Sewing Studio. Since its inception last October, our studio has become a place of learning, healing, and growth for refugee women in our community.

When we first welcomed these women into our studio, they embarked on a journey filled with both excitement and uncertainty. Many had arrived in America for less than a year, and some had never even navigated public transportation. Yet, they were determined to learn and to overcome any obstacles in their path.

The early days were not without their challenges. On their first day, a few of the women got lost on their way home, highlighting the unfamiliarity they faced with the bus routes and schedules. But through perseverance and support from our team, they quickly gained confidence and independence. After just 12 sessions, two older ladies, who had always relied on their adult children for transportation, bravely took the bus together, a significant milestone in their journey towards self-sufficiency.

At the heart of our Sewing Studio is a sense of community and camaraderie. These women come together not only to learn the art of sewing but also to support and uplift one another. They share sewing patterns and tips, practice English language skills, and find strength in each other’s company. It’s not just about mastering a new skill; it’s about building relationships, fostering resilience, and reclaiming their sense of agency.

Recently, we had the privilege of witnessing another milestone in their journey. At the Mozaic Center Ramadan Bazaar, these talented women took alteration orders from community members, showcasing their newfound skills and boosting their confidence. For many of them, it was their first taste of earning an income and contributing to their families’ well-being.

Yes, the journey has been filled with bumps and challenges, but more importantly, it has been a journey of growth and transformation. These women are not just learning to sew; they are learning to believe in themselves, to dream of brighter futures, and to seize opportunities for personal and professional advancement.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us recognize the resilience, strength, and potential of refugee women around the world. And let us continue to support initiatives like the Mozaic Sewing Studio, where women are empowered to rewrite their stories and create a better tomorrow for themselves and their families. Together, we can build a more inclusive and equitable world for all.

In celebration of International Women’s Day and the incredible journey of growth happening at the Mozaic Sewing Studio, we invite you to join us in making a lasting impact. Your support can help us continue to empower refugee women as they build brighter futures in their new home. Donate to the Mozaic Center Endowment Fund today.