Makers Unite brings together local designers and newcomers with a refugee background to make products using life vests recovered from Greek shores.
Winner of the Refugee Challenge, organised by What Design Can Do in collaboration with UNHCR and Ikea Foundation, Makers Unite started at the end of 2015. The social enterprise creates new opportunities for newcomers by providing a social inclusion program, which is financed by the commercialisation of products made in collaboration.
By providing a ‘makers’ program, Makers Unite aims to bridge gaps and support the social inclusion of newcomers in the European community. Participants get to know each other and learn more about professional opportunities during a six weeks course. Recently, products developed by Makers Unite have been acquired by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.