Bringing refugee craftsmanship to the world

MADE51 is brought to life by UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, a global organization dedicated to saving lives. protecting rights, and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people.



MADE51 helps refugees build sustainable livelihoods utilizing their heritage craftsmanship and culture.

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Incredible Craftsmanship

Our collections weave together rich craft and fresh design to create a unique fusion of heritage and modernity.

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We work with 3,700+ artisans in 23 countries, in collaboration with a network of 35 social enterprise partners. Over 85% of artisans are women who support an estimated 16,000+ beneficiaries.

Craftsmanship & Heritage

When refugees flee, they carry with them the traditions, skills, knowledge, and craftsmanship. From the leather work of the Tuareg to the fine embroidery of the Syrians - MADE51 creates a way for refugees to sustain artistic traditions and preserve their culture.

Income & Opportunity

Refugees often leave behind their livelihood when fleeing violence. MADE51 offers refugee artisans a way to earn an income, and in doing so, the opportunity to rebuild their livelihood and re-establish their independence.

Participation & Economic Inclusion

Through MADE51, refugees have a way to harness their artisanal skills and participate in the global economy, which allows them to add value to their host communities and secure their own futures.

Powerful Stories

Behind each product is a story of courage and resilience. Through these stories, MADE51 reveals refugees as talented individuals with rich culture, immense potential and a deep wish to act as productive members of their host communities, rebuilding their lives despite living in displacement.

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Refugees have skills and talents that only need a chance to grow and flourish. Within each piece lies a story of history and culture, and the chance for a person who has fled war and persecution to offer something of beauty and style to the world.

- Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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