Threads of Hope


Partner since: 2023
Refugee origin: Sudan & Eritrea
Refugee location: Cairo, Egypt

Threads of Hope Cairo is a for-profit social enterprise whose primary goal is to produce sustainable work for marginalised women, both local and refugees, in Cairo, Egypt. It was founded in 2018 by a linen company, Malaika Linens, in an effort to expand the reach of its embroidery training program.

Artisans are trained in one of five fine artisanal techniques: embroidery, cross-stitch, ajour, corded work and natural dyes. Upon completion of the training the women work from home, producing high quality embroidered goods for Malaika and other clients.

Threads of Hope engages with several international organisations in addition to UNHCR's MADE51, including: Alfanar, Save the Children Foundation and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Refugee Artisan Group

Threads of Hope collaborates with Sudanese and Eritrean refugees living in Egypt. Currently, the group consists of 36 women based in Cairo.


Learn more about UNHCR's work in Egypt.