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For women, looking to make a difference, Peace of Thread is a handbag company that makes high quality bags that help a refugee woman by providing them with a sustainable source of income, and training in English and job skills. Unlike other stylish brands, a Peace of Thread purse is a fashion-forward way to intentionally provide a job for a woman in need.

Each bag in handcrafted, and one-of-a-kind -- just like our artisan threaders -- and serves as a statement piece for our customers to carry the stories of our artisans into the world. Be a part of our story. Sew Peace.

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Joyful Feast

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Friday, September 1, was Eid-al-Fitr (“ the Feast of the Breaking of the fast”), one of the two major feasts in the Muslim calendar. As the name implies, Eid-al-Fitr is the celebration that marks the end of fasting during Ramadan. (“Eid al-Fitr)  Since our refugee friends could now eat freely, I packed some chocolates into colorful polka-dotted bags and headed with Denise S., Stephanie, and April to spread some holiday cheer.  We saw May*, Shada*, and Naira*.

Eid al-Fitr emphasizes generosity (“Eid al-Fitr”).  And our friends certainly were generous with us.  They invited us to sit on their pillows, eat their cake, and drink their tea.  (Shada insisted I have a pillow.  She wasn’t going to let me sit on her floor!) But while the cake and the cushions were cozy, the best gift our friends could give us was the opportunity to share in their lives.

  At May’s place, we got to meet her new brother-in-law.  He told us about how he and May’s sister moved to Georgia from North Carolina.  Meanwhile, the kids pranced around the apartment singing, “We’re going Trick-or-Treating” while stuffing candy into their mouths. 

And at Shada’s place, I met her husband for the first time.   I learned that he spoke five languages!  He told us that Afghanistan’s two main languages, Dari and Pashtun, have different words for “Thank you.”  He explained to us that Muslims are so happy during Eid because it comes after the Hajj (special pilgrimage to Mecca), and all their sins have been washed away.

  When we arrived at Naira’s place, we found that her house was unsually quiet.  That’s because her toddler was sleeping on the couch, passed out as only a toddler who’s partied too much can.   Naira is one of the women I mentioned in my March 5th post who gave birth this year.  Naira brought her out her baby girl to visit, and I can honestly say that she was one of the most beautiful babies I’ve ever seen, especially in her white dress.

 Sharing good times with our friends reminded me of God’s generosity to us.  God gives us delicious food to eat.  God gives us friends and family whose company we can enjoy.  Best of all, God gives us Himself.  Because God is so good, we can celebrate every day.

Source:  Wikipedia Contributors.  “Eid al-Fitir”   Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 12 Sep. 2017. Web. 15 Sep. 2017

*Names changed to protect privacy

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Seeing Possibilities

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On Friday June 2, I did something for Peace of Thread that I’d never done before.  I traced patterns for our eyeglass cases (always a best seller during the summer months).   This job involves taking a piece of cardboard and tracing it against a piece of fabric with a marker so that someone else can cut the shape out and make it into a bag.  Like a lot of people who are trying to do something new, I found my work both challenging and rewarding.

The most challenging and rewarding part of tracing was looking at each piece of fabric and imagining it as a bag.  What would those orange stripes look like when my diamond shape was folded into a rectangle?  How could I fit as many bright blue flowers as possible into my narrow lines so that they would all show up on the final product?

As I set one scrap of fabric after another to the side and watched Denise S. start to turn them into bags, it occurred to me that our work with refugees is a lot like tracing patterns.  We look at someone who’s been through a lot of hardship-someone who may look kind of “scrappy”-and imagine what her future could look like. Then we work with her so that she can become the best person she can be.  In this case, the “patterns” we use are the personality and talents that God has given each woman.  God is the designer and the only one who knows what His “final product” will look like.  But we have the privilege of watching that plan unfurl as we get to know each woman.

Of course, unlike a bag, a person is never “finished.”   The women we love still make mistakes.  They still have flaws and the scars from their past.  But it has been a blessing to watch them become vibrant and empowered as they learn how to support themselves in America.

If you would like to be part of this work, e-mail us at info@peaceofthread.com

Threads and Tables: A Request for Volunteers

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God has been enabling Peace of Thread to thrive! For example, on April 7th , the world-famous cellists of Atlanta Celli gave an amazing concert and helped us raise $10,000! With ten grand in the bank, we were able to hire ten new women! That’s ten women who will have a chance at a brighter future. A blessing indeed! But, an expanding ministry at Peace of Thread means an expanding need for volunteers.

 

Mainly, we need two types of volunteers: “common threaders” and “behind-the-sceners.”
 

“Common threaders get their nickname from the way that their lives are woven together with those of our artisans," explains our founder, Denise Smith. A common threader befriends one of our women and comes alongside her to pray, help her practice English, and to share her burdens and joys. Common threaders are important to Peace of Thread because they provide a sense of community to refugees who have had their community ripped away from them by war, disaster, or poverty. Denise explains that community is even more important to a refugee woman than what’s in her refrigerator. "The companionship of a common threader gives her hope, nourishes her soul, and helps ease her transition into American life.”

 

But not everyone can develop a deep friendship with a refugee. That’s where our “behind-the-sceners” come in. “Behind-the- sceners” are people who do all the little things that help Peace of Thread run smoothly. As the nickname implies, these things are often done “behind the scenes” with the people doing them getting little recognition. But Peace of Thread simply could not survive without these valuable volunteers. Right now, we really need people to come to our festivals and help take down booths after festivals. Helping us with this task will make going to festivals easier, which in turn will make selling bags easier.

 

So if you’re interested in making new friends from different backgrounds or enabling women to sell bags that will provide them with a better life, e-mail us at info@peaceofthread.com. And remember, “ever that every contribution, no matter how small, helps weave the tapestry of Peace of Thread.