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Meet the 2018 Finalists: Refugee Artisan Initiative

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We are excited to share a bit about each of our finalists as we are less than 2 weeks away from our big night! Don’t miss your chance to make an impact. Purchase your ticket and join us on November 10. Check back daily as we countdown to our big day and introduce all 11 finalists.

Our Mission: The Refugee Artisan Initiative works with local refugee and immigrant women to provide opportunities for sustainable employment in sewing and handcrafting products in the comfort of their homes while making a fair wage.MimiGlobeAugust2017(52of78)

What inspires you most about the work you do? I came to America when I was in high school. It was difficult to adjust to a new school, language and culture. Now I have gained professional skills to support my family, and have a desire to give back by helping refugee women as they are often the most vulnerable group.  I’m inspired to help them because my grandmother, Hsu-Tsu Chang, was a single mother and able to raise three children as a seamstress. I believe right skills paired with proper equipment can transform lives.

What are you most excited about on November 10th? I am most excited about giving my authentic and energetic pitch in front of a large audience after working hard with my coaches for the last two months. I am so excited to meet the audience and learn about their interest in SVP and social entrepreneurship.

Tell us a little known fact about you: I almost drowned at my first triathlon race as I was terrified of the open water swimming. Now I have turned that fear into my favorite sport.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Seattle or the PNW? Open water swimming in Lake Washington in the summer with the view of Mount Rainier in front of me is the most liberating and heavenly experience. I also love skiing at Crystal Mountain where it could be rainy and foggy in Seattle while sunny beautiful in the mountain. It’s a great way to cure the winter blues.

Join us to hear Ming-Ming’s story on Saturday, November 10th!  Tickets Available 

To learn more about Refugee Artisan Initiative visit refugeesarts.org