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Project Layali

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Project Layali

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Welcome to Project Layali
Handcrafted Goods and Art Made by Refugees

In Arabic, “Layali” means “my nights.” The word is often used in a nostalgic manner, calling back memories of old times in a positive light. Here at Layali Shop, we hope that our creations give you a glimpse of the those warm Layali memories refugees bring with them on their journeys to Greece.

All products displayed were handcrafted by refugees based in Athens, Greece. 100% of Layali’s profits are distributed among the refugee makers and employees of our organization.

Founded in February 2018, Project Layali assists refugees in building self-sustaining lifestyles by providing income generating opportunities. Instead of relying on charitable donations to create social impact, Project Layali focuses on projects operated as self-sufficient businesses. Our physical locations aim to increase positive interactions between refugees, locals, and tourists.

In addition to Layali Shop located in the Passage of Merchants, Project Layali operates Layali Salon, a beauty salon in Athens staffed by refugees from across the Middle East and Africa. Layali’s leadership team also manages Za’atar NGO, a local non-profit operating a refugee community center and vulnerable women’s shelter in central Athens.

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