We make OPPORTUNITIES for economic independence!
The Refinery provides refugee and immigrant women the opportunity to achieve economic independence and social capital through business education and professional mentorships. Our cohorts are made up of 5-6 women who already have a business or demonstrate a skill or the ability to provide a service in order to start a business. We work hard to grow their businesses, as well as increase their networking capability and network. Our program lasts 3 months, and our first cohort will graduate on Friday, December 4th.
Folks can APPLY by using this link: https://airtable.com/shrRKPdkuONkyXeQ8.
Meet the 2020 cohort!
Sakeena Tailoring and Design
Sakeena is from Afghanistan and currently lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. She
has been making face masks for her community since March 2020.
Sakeena donated 200 face masks at the beginning of the pandemic and
has since been creating high-quality masks with unique designs for just $5.
In addition to her sewing talents, she likes knitting and cooking. Sakeena
enjoys playing soccer with her husband and three kids on the weekends.
She also enjoys listening to Afghan music and American pop music.
Shadia lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, and immigrated from Sudan in 2004.
She spent a year studying pharmaceutical technology at Southeast
Community College when she first moved to Lincoln. Now, Shadia works
as a retail Store Manager and also serves her community as an event
planner part-time on the side. Shadia likes to spend time eating and
chatting with her husband and four boys. She also enjoys crafting and
decorating in her free time.
Sharo Rash Boutique
Sharo is Yezidi and from Iraq. She lives in Lincoln and loves life in
Nebraska. She studies English as a Second Language at Southeast
Community College and works full-time at Sam’s Club. Sharo opened her
online fashion boutique, Sharo Rasho Boutique, in fall 2019. She loves
fashion, makeup, photography, and travel. Sharo has a helping heart and
wants to assist anyone with their style questions.
Olga and Kathia, Jello Artesano
Olga is from Mexico and moved to Lincoln in 2019. She worked as a
seamstress and embroidery artist in Mexico for 25 years. She has a
daughter and two sons that live with her in Lincoln. When Olga moved to
Lincoln, she started a small business selling artisanal jello, Jello Artesano.
Olga likes walking, meeting new people, creating gelatin designs, and
going to her English class.
Kathia is from Mexico and has been living in Lincoln since 2018. She helps
her mom, Olga, with their new small business, Jello Artesano, and she
dreams of opening their own dessert shop. Kathia enjoys traveling to new
places, meeting new people, and eating delicious food.
Cecilia, Best Knit Company
Cecilia is from Mexico and has lived in Lincoln since 2017. She is starting
her own small business, Best Knit, which sells high-quality handmade
products to local consumers. Cecilia has three children and loves spending
time with them and her husband. She enjoys going to the park and
watching movies with her family on the weekends. Cecilia loves to knit and
spends all of her free time creating new designs and products.