The Three Pillars of
The Anka Cooperative
We believe that Empowerment through Employment,
Cultural Integration, Education & Awareness
are the answers to helping address the refugee crisis.
We work with Syrian refugees to create a dignified path to self-empowerment through the creation of fine carpets and traditional crafts. We do this by training them in the ancient art of hand weaving rugs while furnishing a safe workplace, fair compensation, and fulfilling employment. As a fair trade initiative, Anka pays it’s refugee weavers the same wages as Turkish weavers.
The weavers love their work, not only for the income it provides, but also for the companionship and a place to share laughs and to stay active. Your purchase helps us to further our mission, train more women, and provide health and educational assistance to refugee families by partnering with leading refugee charities.
As a skilled weaver can weave up to 10 sq feet per month, a 8’x10′ rug will employ one or more weavers for over 8 months.
Anka is a fair trade initiative and our weavers are paid the exact same as Turkish weavers.
Adjusting to a new country and it’s culture is a major hardship and significant obstacle for refugees. Governments struggle with how to integrate so many individuals who often don’t know the local language, customs or culture.
The Anka Cooperative helps refugees learn Turkish language, culture and customs by interacting daily with Turkish trainers. We partner with other charities to expand our reach beyond the refugee camps. The weavers love their work, not only for the income it offers, but also for the companionship and camaraderie it engenders and the cultural integration it provides.
In addition to teaching refugees the local language and customs, we also aim to educate our communities of the devastating situation that refugees face worldwide. We use our proceeds to support charitable organizations that tell stories of refugees’ lives and struggle for dignity.
We further strive to share our fundamental belief that empowerment and dignity comes from work, not a handout. We teach women to fish, we don’t simply give them fish.