PersonaGrataGoods

Embrace the World with Curated Global Style

Charlotte, North Carolina · 130 Sales

PersonaGrataGoods

Embrace the World with Curated Global Style

Charlotte, North Carolina 130 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Being a mom doesn't mean you don't care about the world. Persona Grata allows you to embrace global fashions with designs geared towards YOUR life.

Persona Grata Goods comes from the Latin, "Person Welcome." Our social enterprise is inspired by world fashion and designed to help moms who care about the world make a difference in the lives of other moms! We work to create functional pieces, which either use ethnic textiles or are created by artisans from other countries. We hire refugee women in North Carolina as well as sourcing goods from other social ventures.

Persona Grata Goods sprang out of the Journey Home initiative (journeyhomecrafts.com) - a project designed to train refugee women in sewing, while also providing an outlet for them to sell their crafts. Through Journey Home, we've worked with over 12 women, helping them learn skills and earn needed income. The problem we ran into was that we were limited by the sewing class restraints. We needed to move into a new model - one focused on creating sustainable business opportunities.

We want women to be empowered to care for their families and and yet get to explore their creative side. We want American mothers to experience new cultures, fabrics and designs that aren't available in your typical boutique. We want to provide a way for you embrace the world, support other moms and make a difference. Be a part of our story.

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  • Julia Camenisch

    Owner

    Julia was introduced to the refugee community in 2012. She was amazed by her new friends' resiliency in the face of almost unimaginable loss and struggle. She watched as these young moms worked to raise children in tiny, crime-ridden apartments with husbands gone 12 hours a day in minimum wage jobs. These women wanted to contribute to the family income, but had no way to do so. From this experience, Julia's passion for social enterprise - geared towards fellow moms - was born.

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