Fatma - Studio Manager
With a spirit that brings peace and unity to the Re:new team, it is hard to fathom the challenges Fatma overcame in her journey to the United States.
Originally from Somalia, Fatma left amidst the country’s political instability. During her journey from the village, soldiers robbed, attacked, and abused the women on the bus; stealing most of Fatma’s possessions. Unfortunately, this was only the first of many hardships during her experience as a refugee. Her family spent twelve years waiting for resettlement opportunities in Yemen’s dangerous refugee camps and housing projects. By the time her paperwork had been processed, her family had grown to five children. She was eventually approved but her husband was not.
Fatma was resettled in the United States as a single mom with five children in a community without family or friends. She found Re:new in 2009 and enrolled in the first sewing class. At Re:new, Fatma is known for her sewing skills, gentle character and caring nature. In addition to developing new handbag concepts for the store, Fatma is the studio manager and a mentor to the team of Artisans.
Despite the pain of her past, Fatma looks to the future with hope and anticipation. She’s dedicated to providing for her children and it’s her mission to put all five through college so they can achieve their dreams. Fatma dreams of starting her own business. An accomplished culinarian, she hopes to open a bakery or catering business one day.