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The Maker's Collection 

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select group of Minnesota’s most sought after artisans sat down with the American Refugee Committee to seek inspiration for the design of a custom collection of hand-crafted gifts. Adding fresh meaning to locally made goods, The Maker’s Collection is an exclusive collection of gift-ready products that work to create real change worldwide.  
Purchases made invest in local MN-made businesses, and in new global humanitarian solutions for those who need them most.  How? We support local businesses by purchasing custom-designed goods in limited quantities at wholesale prices. We then sell these goods at their full retail value and invest 100% of the profit from purchases in our programs worldwide.
To shop the collection, click here.
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MEET THE MAKERS
SPRING FINN & CO
Using top grain American leathers, beautiful hand-stitching and a minimalist approach, Spring Finn & Co distills classic designs down to their essence – no frills and no pretention, just purposeful chic.  You can find them in Minneapolis.
www.springfinnandco.com 

B.T. MCELRATH
B.T. McElrath was founded in 1996 by Brian McElrath and produces handcrafted truffles, chocolate bars and other chocolate confections. They are based in Minneapolis. 
www.btmcelrath.com

DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE
Dunn Brothers counts 88 stores in 9 states. Started in 1987 with the idea that fresh roasted coffee tastes really good, local owner operators help Dunn Brothers forge a real connection to the communities they're in.
www.dunnbros.com 

WIND & WILLOW HOME
Wind & Willow Home is a creative company focused on making classic, functional pieces a bit more modern.  It is based in Minneapolis.
www.windandwillowhome.com

HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE
Out of an innate desire to create, Hackwith Design House was founded in the Spring of 2010. They create handmade limited-edition garments for women out of their studio in Saint Paul, MN.
www.hackwithdesignhouse.com

BEKA, Inc.
BEKA, Inc. is a specialty manufacturer, producing high quality wood products for over forty years in their family owned St. Paul, Minnesota workshop.  
www.bekainc.com 

PRINTERETTE PRESS
Printerette Press is a design and letterpress printing studio in Minneapolis. The simplicity and nostalgia of antique printing and designing by hand makes our world go 'round. 
www.printerettepress.com

LEATHER WORKS MN
Leather Works MN is a family-run leather studio.  Each item is made by hand using only the finest materials.   Open since 1999, it is located in Lowertown, St. Paul. 
www.leatherworksminnesota.com

KIKI KOYOTE
Kiki Koyote is the jewelry of designer and maker Kris Singleton. Kris began her adventure in jewelry after her brush with death and her victory over cancer.  All her work is made by hand in her home studio in the Twin Cities, often hammering along to the rhythm of her girls' footsteps. Her works seeks to capture the vastness of simplicity, to draw out the story and soul of the commonplace, and to awaken a commanding calm in the midst of life's uncertain, beautiful wildness.
www.kikikoyote.com

WOODCHUCK
Woodchuck is a USA-made brand that was started by Minnesota college students to: bring nature back to people, bring jobs back to America and bring quality back to products.
www.woodchuckusa.com

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Building a Playground
Using only recycled materials, we were able to build a playground for the 5,000 kids living at Kiziba refugee camp in Rwanda.
On Famine
Daniel Wordsworth - American Refugee Committee President - talks about the situation in Somalia and how all of us can make a difference and help save lives.
Returning to Somalia
Nimco Ahmed shares her recent trip back Mogadishu her first time back to Somalia in 24 years
South Sudan
Rebuilding Health Care in South Sudan
Deb Ingersoll runs ARC’s Cash for Work Program in Haiti. She’s interviewed at ARC Headquarters.
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Simona Palenga, ARC Field Coordinator in Haiti, is interviewed at ARC HQ.
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Senior Director of Program Quality Monte Achenbach, is interviewed from the field in Haiti.
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ARC volunteer Dr. John Bordwell talks about the health situation of Congolese refugees in Rwanda.
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At the height of the famine, ARC offered life-saving assistance to families, giving food, shelter, clean water and medical care. While those programs continue today for families in need, ARC is beginning projects to help rebuild communities. ARC has partnered with Silatech (microenterprise service provider), Dahaabshil and Kaah Express (the largest and second largest international payment firms, respectively) to provide employment opportunities for young entrepreneurs. [link in this sentence to the other page on the partnership]

Two years after the famine was declared, we talked with ARC's Somali-American program manager, Said Sheikh-Abdi, about the current situation for young entrepreneurs in Somalia.