Livelihood work is safe, dignified and pays a fair wage.
Our enterprises are built at the intersection of the traditional, respected skills of sewing, farming and interpreting that refugees bring and a growing market for ethical fashion, local food production and language access.
A livelihood comes with the opportunity to learn, advance and contribute to the community.
Through our enterprises, refugee employees CREATE sewn goods, CULTIVATE local produce and CONNECT people across language barriers. Those are contributions we value.
"The single most important form of dignity that you can give a human being is for them to feel economically self-reliant...There is only one way to do that, and that is business."
— Nitin Nohria, Dean, Harvard Business School
Livelihoods lead to economic upward mobility.
This means people with livelihoods enjoy an income that increases over time, rather than facing a future stuck at minimum wage.
Livelihoods increase employees' resilience to crises.
Having a reliable income at a fair wage, health benefits, a flexible schedule and a supportive workplace community means refugee staff can absorb the normal bumps along the journey without being completely derailed.
Livelihoods bring the knowledge, skills, health and influence to keep moving into the mainstream socially and economically.
By working in MRC's social enterprises, refugee staff become involved in the larger Austin community through interactions with partners, customers, donors and other staff. They practice English and learn American professional norms and social expectations in a safe environment.