Socially-conscious shoppers will find plenty of gift options this holiday season, including a new line of silk necklaces that are helping refugee women from Myanmar build new lives in New Hampshire.
The women are members of an artists’ collective called A Woven Thread, which was founded by Beth Seremet and Katie Berube, social workers who wanted to help their female clients form friendships and learn basic business skills. Since launching in May, the collective has gained popularity for both its wares and its mission of empowerment through entrepreneurship.
“We saw the need,” said Berube, who, like Seremet, works at Lutheran Social Services. “A Woven Thread was designed to bring the women together, to get them to leave the house and to talk with each other.”