From virtual banking to flower arranging, businesses seeking to help refugees are multiplying as the number of people forced from their homes around the world grows.
There are now 25.9 million refugees globally, according to the United Nations, and some have found innovative ways to earn a living while helping their adopted communities or others like them.
Here are 10 social enterprises – businesses that seek to do good as well as turning a profit – with refugee connections:
• NeedsList – US-based Needslist, launched in 2017, is an online registry where humanitarian and disaster relief organizations can post what urgent supplies and volunteer support they need from donors during times of crisis.
• Espai Mescladis: This Barcelona-based restaurant and culinary school, founded in 2005, trains migrants from Venezuela, Senegal and Pakistan to cook and cater so they have a better shot at finding jobs and integrating in Spanish life.
• Project Patradya: This Delhi-based initiative employs Afghan refugee women to make and sell edible bowls, cups and cutlery made from millet and wheat flour, with the dual aims of empowering the women and curbing India’s chronic waste problem.
• Chatterbox: Based in London, Chatterbox hires degree-educated refugees to teach languages, including Swahili, Arabic, Korean and Farsi, to university students, businesspeople and private clients.
• HolaCode: This software engineering training program aims to help returned or deported migrants and refugees in Mexico find work in the country’s growing technology sector, partnering with companies looking for bilingual coders.
• Bread and Roses: This London-based social enterprise, founded in 2016, aims to help female refugees into work by training them in floristry and giving them a space to learn English, build their confidence and work on their resumes together.