The social enterprise Jordan River Designs has partnered IKEA group to become an official global supplier of handcrafts made by Jordanian and Syrian women to IKEA. First of its kind, this innovative partnership between a multinational corporation and a Jordanian NGO, brings business solutions in addressing the country’s biggest humanitarian and developmental challenges while creating new jobs and providing economic growth opportunities. Each woman employed by the program receives: fulltime employment, hands-on training, a work permit, health insurance, and social security.
The first limited collection of handcrafted textiles, titled TILLTALANDE, has been produced by over 110 women artisans, a number that will double this year, reaching 400 by the end of 2020. IKEA Jordan was the first store to launch the collection, to be followed later by several GCC countries and stores in North Africa, the US and Europe.