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The birth of i2we—the first step to empowerment.

i2we was born from an idea that thousands of skilled women immigrate legally to the U.S. every year, following their husbands, their children, or their families. They can sew and craft and bring ideas and innovation to the textile world. Unfortunately, the jobs available to them are few, mostly requiring them to learn the Microsoft Office Suite of programs and fluency in a still-unfamiliar language. i2we doesn’t require that they re-create themselves—only that they empower themselves.

She provides the skills, i2we provides everything else.

Each woman has a sewing machine and we give her all the materials she needs to complete a project. For each completed piece, she is paid for her work—even before the item sells. This gives her the money she…

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  • Joined January 29, 2009

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About

The birth of i2we—the first step to empowerment.

i2we was born from an idea that thousands of skilled women immigrate legally to the U.S. every year, following their husbands, their children, or their families. They can sew and craft and bring ideas and innovation to the textile world. Unfortunately, the jobs available to them are few, mostly requiring them to learn the Microsoft Office Suite of programs and fluency in a still-unfamiliar language. i2we doesn’t require that they re-create themselves—only that they empower themselves.

She provides the skills, i2we provides everything else.

Each woman has a sewing machine and we give her all the materials she needs to complete a project. For each completed piece, she is paid for her work—even before the item sells. This gives her the money she deserves for the work she has completed. i2we is responsible for finding a buyer for the work we have designed.

Choices for women who may have few.

She has to have breakfast ready for her three children and a lunch ready for her husband to take to work. She has to care for her infant daughter while helping her other two children with their homework when they return from school. She has to have dinner ready and laundry clean by the time her husband returns from work. She has to host her mother-in-law when she comes for a month-long visit. She is busy, in the middle of the day there is silence. There are enough hours in the day for her to get lonely, to feel isolated, and to feel that she has skills that are no longer relevant or useful in the U.S. She wants to buy a new toy for her son for his birthday, something special, but her husband wouldn’t want to waste the money on something so frivolous, so unimportant. She wishes she could manage a paying job, but all options look hopeless. Her husband looks down upon other women who have taken housecleaning jobs. She can’t leave the baby alone, and she would have to quit the job when her mother-in-law comes to visit. A traditional 40-hour-per-week cashier job at a local store does not allow for the flexibility she needs to take care of her family. She has sewing skills and wants to be able to provide more for her children. Her answer is i2we.

It begins with trust.

When we hand over our materials, we trust that each woman will do her best work. We set deadlines for our stitchers to have work completed, to ensure that we have new products available for our customers periodically. If those products aren’t delivered on time, we lose the trust of our customers. When i2we pays our stitchers upfront for the finished products, we trust that our customers will buy. We trust that they will spread the word about i2we and tell their friends about how they bought the coolest bag from i2we and how they felt great about it because they knew that their money went to buy the best birthday present ever given to a young boy from his mother.

i2we stands for Immigrants to Women Empowered. We also stand for the idea that all women who sacrifice for the sake of their children and families shouldn’t have to sacrifice themselves.

Choices—we all deserve them.
We give them to you; you give them to us—the women of i2we.

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