Artisans4Hope was created to empower refugees through training and collaboration.
We offer sewing and knitting classes that assist local refugees in developing the skill base, language acquisition,
and competence to successfully integrate into their new community.

To date, refugee artisans received over $40,000 from product sales.

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About Refugees

Artisans4Hope is in Boise, Idaho, one of over 200 resettlement communities across the United States providing safe haven to refugees from war torn countries across the world. Nearly six thousand individuals from thirty-five countries call Boise their home.

These newest members of our community and country arrive here after years of refugee camps and uncertainty that have been their constant companions during this flight to safety and hope. Their histories, customs, social norms and traditions, culture and faith are vastly different, highly visible and often misunderstood.

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Our Retailers

We sell our products at select markets and special events throughout the year, including the Saturday market, World Refugee Day, Hyde Park Street Fair, and Fiber Train. We also welcome special orders. Some past projects include tote bags for Global Gardens and Conference Bags for the Idaho State Department of Education's Prevention Conference.

Contact us if you are interested in selling Artisans4Hope products.

Where to find our products throughout the year

Visit our studio during open hours: 723 N. 15th Street, Boise
(M, Th 9-12; Tues, 10-12 / 1-4; Wed. 9-12 / 3:30-5:30)

Or visit one of our retail locations

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Calendar of A4H Classes and Events

About Artsians4Hope

Artisans4Hope believes that refuge is more than physical safety;
it is opportunity and possibility;
it is support toward participation and citizenry;
it is understanding and hard work.


Artisans4Hope is a community driven nonprofit organization. A4H assists local refugees in developing the skill base, language acquisition, and competence to successfully integrate into their new community.

Artisans4Hope builds on the traditional cultural handcraft skills and interests of refugees by providing:

• training and supplies to advance and expand their textile skills,
• business training,
• opportunities to market their handcrafted items, and
• opportunities for employment or entrepreneurship.

Artisans4Hope creates a safe environment to foster friendships, collaboration and healthy connections.

A4H In the News


Idaho Statesman - Webb: Eagle man honored for volunteer work: Artisans4Hope Gets A New Home - July 2, 2013
Idaho Statesman - Webb: Exhibition gives local refugees a voice in story cloth form - April 16, 2013
Idaho Statesman - Heart of the Treasure Valley: Bhima Bhandari is sewing her hopes and dreams - July 15, 2012
Idaho Statesman - Anna Webb's Helping Works: Happy birthday to Artisans4Hope! Help the group celebrate - October 10, 2010
Boise's Artisans4Hope helps Idaho refugee women, marks first anniversary - October 6, 2010
Idaho Statesman Blog - Catching up with Artisans4Hope, volunteer for Boise Bicycle Project, and more - March 19,2010
Boise Weekly - High Hopes: Artisans4Hope sews new community seeds - March 3,2010

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Items Needed

A4H continually needs the following items to help supply our classes.

- Quilt Batting (Warm and Natural)
- Thread (new/all colors)
- 100% Wool
- Leather/Suede Scraps
- Working Sewing Machines
- Universal Sewing Machine Needles
- Gift Certificates to Fabric Stores
- Vintage Buttons
- Natural Fiber Quilting Fabric
- Natural Fiber Yarns
- Ziploc Bags (quart, gallon)

Contact us if you would like to donate supplies or to give a financial donation through Social Good Network, click below:

Available Classes

Class 1: An eight-to-ten week course that teaches basic sewing skills, sewing related English vocabulary, and the basics of retail selling
Class 2: An intermediate class that continues with more advanced sewing techniques and more ESL
Class 3: A third level where students have met our quality standards and are encouraged to make artisan items to sell

Our knitting group meets on Tuesdays, 1-4p. We welcome all levels and work on projects that include both knitting and crocheting techniques.

Artisans are paid ninety percent of the sales profit from each item they make and sell. Money earned is considered supplemental income as a part of our training program.

Contact us if you would like to attend a class, visit our studio, or refer a student to our program.

Our Workspace

In March of 2013 we moved from one great workspace to another thanks to our supportive partners.

A heartfelt thank you from the students and volunteers of Artisans4Hope to Steve West at Centra Consulting and Tom and Barbara Mannschreck at Thomas Development Co: you have given us space; sponsored our facility and utilities cost; and have been terrific neighbors. Thank you.

Current Location

723 N. 15th Street
Boise, ID 83703

Workspace Open Hours

Monday 9-12p (Advanced drop in sewing)
Tuesdays 10-4p (Knitting)
9-12p (Production Sewing)
12-3:30 (Open Sewing)
3:30-5:30p (Afternoon Class)
Thursdays 9-12p (Beginning Sewing)

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Our Sponsors

A special thank you to those of you who's sponsorship, collaboration, and contributions make our work possible.
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