Income creation from textile handling

Materials and equipment:
Access to sewing machines, fabrics, threads e.t.c,, for the production of textile-based artefacts. We try to work with wasted fabrics so that we contribute to waste prevention and circular economy.
Capacity building:
Classes on textile handling technical skills (sewing, knitting, crochet e.t.c) and workshops on how to set up and run a business
Access to the market:
Participation in bazaars, expeditions and community lead market initiatives e.g. “Meet-Market”

Why this project ?

The project was initiated by a group of 30 young refugees, 15 girls and 15 boys aged 15-25 years old. Amongst our group there are UASC, young adults and PwSN. All are staying at the sites around Attica (Oinofita, Elaionas, Malakasa, Schisto) at UNHCR accommodation, at shelters for unaccompanied minors, at squats or are self accommodated.

The group members like their lives in Greece and can envision a long term future, being integrated in the local society. However, a main barrier keeps being the lack of income and the dependency on public/international support for refugees. The group has some experience related to the textile sector e.g. in knitting, sewing, crochet, cloth and artefacts design and they want to make an income out of this.

The group builds technical skills on handling textiles and entrepreneurial skills on how to set up and run a cooperative business.


Seminars on sewing/knitting/fabric handling
Material, equipment and space
Lawyer and accountant costs for setting and monitoring a business
Development of Handbook
Workshops on social entrepreneurship
Knowledge sharing sessions with other entrepreneurial initiatives
Costs related to project communication (website)
Field visits to fabric related businesses/ potential partners.
Participation in market events


Meals cooked


Teaching hours


Community kitchens


Food recipes