Creating Space: Forai
We are thrilled to introduce Jennifer Owens, the inspirational woman behind Forai.
What is your brand?
High quality jewelry and textiles made by refugee and immigrant women now living in St. Louis.
Define your brand in three words.
Dignity. Empowerment. Community.
What about building your brand gives you energy?
Interacting with our artisans, watching them grow and thrive as they build new lives for themselves and their families.
Why did you start your brand?
I wanted to provide a practical way to meet the needs of newcomers, particularly women who were not able to work full time outside the home, by providing a way for them to earn money from home and also enter into relationships with American women and "cultural insiders".
Where do you see your brand in 5 years?
I see Forai providing a 5-15 weekly hours of work for twice as many women as we do today, having products in every major city in the US, and refugees/immigrants reflected in our staff and board of directors.