Samira's Story and World Refugee Day

Samira's Story and World Refugee Day

Today is #WorldRefugeeDay, and we join others worldwide in honoring the courage and resilience of those who have made the difficult decision to leave their countries, cultures, and homes in search of a better life for their families. 

Today, we highlight Samira.  

Samira and her family are from Kabul, Afghanistan, but were forced to flee when their work for US contractors put them in danger from the Taliban. They waited fearfully for two days before boarding a plane for Qatar, then Germany, and finally, the US.

Although leaving behind her mother, sister, and brothers was difficult, Samira felt that leaving was their only option. Leaving would ensure that her kids could be safe from the Taliban and her daughter could attend school (the Taliban takeover ended school for girls beyond sixth grade).

She grieves the fighting that has been going on in her homeland for decades. “When I was a child, there was fighting. Now I have children, and there is fighting.”  But she is hopeful now. Her children are thriving in school; she and her husband have jobs, and her dream of learning to drive will soon come true. She is glad to have more opportunities to speak English because of Forai and says, “I like being with women from all over the world at the workshop.”

Why not commemorate this World Refugee Day in one of three ways?

1.  Join Forai’s Circle of Hope:  It costs $1,500 to onboard, equip, and train ONE artisan. By joining the Circle of Hope with a monthly donation of at least $15, you extend hope to more vulnerable women!

2.  Every purchase of artisan-made jewelry and textiles provides a fair wage and ongoing empowerment, but many women arrive at our workshop living below the poverty line and speaking little English.  Promo Code: CARRYHERSTORY (15% off Journey of Hope and Carry Her Story Collections)

3.  Share Forai with your friends by tagging #foraistyle and following us on Instagram (@foraistl) and Facebook (@ForaiStLouis).

Forai's Samira Seeds of Hope Earrings are made by Samira and were named for her.  Samira Seeds of Hope Earrings are only $35, today only use code CARRYHERSTORY for 15% off at


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