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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

About

 

The refugee crisis has never been more real. Over 65 million people have been forced from their homes by war and violence. These innocent people are stuck in indefinite limbo, without the freedom to work, play and live free. It’s a miserable existence that crushes aspiration and traps talent. 

But what if one small object had the power to give back opportunity to those who have lost it? That is the objective of The Pin Project: to help displaced persons, returnees and refugees achieve long-term self-reliance through meaningful work. 

By buying or gifting a Pin made by a refugee, displaced person or returnee, you will help create employment and income for a displaced generation to craft their own futures.  

 

  

Pin Pricing

We are partners from around the world. Under Pricing we outline the approximate conversation rates for each reward you purchase. 

 

The Pin measures 0.95 inches wide x 1.4 inches long (3.5 cm x 2.4 cm). The Pin weighs between 5.5 and 6 grams.

 

This is how the Pin will be packaged:

 

Wearing the Pin 

Iconic, fashion-forward and universal, the Pin can be worn anywhere, on anything, by anyone. It’s a badge of honor, signifying our shared commitment to meeting one of the greatest challenges of our time.

 

 

Inspired Design

The Pin is designed by the award-winning jewelry designer Jenny Bird. The kite is a symbol of hope and aspiration. It represents the power of humanity’s ability to rise above challenges, no matter how great.

 

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Gifting a Pin this Holiday Season

As the season of giving and goodwill approaches, make a difference with your gifts this holiday season. After backing the campaign, we’ll send you a virtual card previewing the Pin and showing how it will make a difference, which you can then forward to the recipient(s) of your choosing. 

 

 

Special Edition: Gold

For an extra special gift or keepsake, choose our elegant 18-Karat Solid Gold Pin. You can also choose a collection of all three Pins. 

 

 

Special Edition: Afghan Kites

In countries around the world where refugees and returnees will be producing The Pin, the kite represents hope to children and adults alike. By purchasing these authentic Afghan kites to fly or display on your wall, you'll also be supporting The Pin Project as we equip a Jordanian workshop to employ Syrian refugees. You can also pair The Brass Pin with a set of five kites.

 

Video by Lalage Snow for Turquoise Mountain.

 

 

Pricing

*These are approximate conversions as of November 15th, 2017. 

 

 

Why the Pin Project is Different

The sheer scale of the refugee crisis is daunting. People want to help, but often don’t know where to start. The Pin Project gives anyone a chance to do something positive and simple to help displaced persons, returnees and refugees today.

The Pin Project is also fundamentally different from donating to charity: you give refugees, displaced persons or returnees the chance to take control of their own futures through income-earning opportunities.

By buying a Pin you are not only providing makers with direct wages, you are also funding training and the purchase of tools and equipment required to generate long-term employment opportunities where they are desperately needed.

 

 

The Power of Craft

The UN Refugee Agency believes that 1 in 3 viable jobs for refugees is in craft production. Craft production is a long-term driver of economic growth in developing economies. The skills that crafts training provides are lifelong, suitable for people of all genders, easily transferable from generation to generation, and have been found to have higher levels of job satisfaction than many other jobs available to displaced people. 

 
 
 
 

The Power of Work 

Refugees should not be viewed as passive victims. By providing meaningful work we can unlock their potential, develop new skills, and help them forge a pathway to autonomy. 

A prevailing phenomenon in all refugee camps is utter boredom. It isn’t that most refugees don’t want to work, it is that working is very rarely an option available for them. The Pin Project will reignite a sense of daily purpose and help restore structure and dignity to shattered lives.

 

 

A Scalable Solution 

The Pin has been designed so that it can be made by displaced persons around the world. While elegant, the design is also simple and replicable. The materials to make the Pin can also be sourced locally.

We have developed a straightforward ‘How To’ guide outlining step by step instructions to creating the Pin, making it possible to scale production to almost anywhere in a relatively short amount of time. 

 

Where the Pins Will Be Made


 

Our initial focus is on countries with the world’s largest refugee, internally displaced and returnee populations. For the first 30,000 Pins, we will partner with existing workshops in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso. 

If the Kickstarter Campaign reaches well beyond our target, we will be able to expand globally to support other affected refugee populations, including South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, Somali refugees in Kenya, and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh (see the map above and refer to our stretch goals below for more information).

 

Our Stretch Goals


Our impact will grow rapidly as we raise more money because our production partners will be training a greater proportion of new artisans. 

The average artisan will make 3 pins per day, but as we produce more, we will employ more artisans who will only be able to produce 1-2 Pins per day. 

Employment for a single refugee for can benefit up to 10 people. 

If we raise $750,000 or roughly 30,000 pins sold, we will be able to expand production to Myanmar, Uganda, Kenya and Bangladesh. 

 

Where Your Money Goes


These are our projected financials for the campaign, which may fluctuate based on the number of pins sold. 

After 27 November, a larger proportion of each pledge will go towards spreading the word as we ramp up our marketing efforts in order to ensure that the greatest number of pins are produced and as many people as possible can be trained and employed as possible.

 

The production process is simple and will be similar from workshop to workshop, country to country. Turquoise Mountain, our technical partner, will provide technical assistance to new producers, leveraging their extensive experience doing so.

 

The Timeline

 

 

The Pin Project is an initiative being launched by a coalition of like-minded social enterprises working with refugees: Far + Wide Collective, ISHKAR, Global Goods Partners and Turquoise Mountain.   

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Campaign Partners  

 

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Production Partners 

 

We hope to add other production partners to the campaign as we reach our stretch goals. 

 

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Risks and challenges

We will do our best to jump over logistical hurdles and ensure production remains within the given time frame. However, due to the unstable political situation in the production countries, we are unable to rule out potential production delays. We have allotted a long buffer period between the estimated delivery date (April 2018) and International Refugee Day (June 20th, 2018), when we hope that our backers will proudly wear the pin.

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    Our Sincerest Thanks

    These funds will go directly to programs supporting refugee employment by investing in refugee workshops, training, tools and equipment.

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    The Brass Pin

    Show your support for employment opportunities for refugees and support a worthy cause with an iconic design piece.

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    Pins for Two

    Receive two brass Pins, one for you and one for a friend or loved one. Gift a friend or family member a pin and create viable livelihoods for refugees (approximately 36 euros).

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    The Sterling Silver Pin

    A Kickstarter exclusive. Show your support with a sterling silver Pin made by returnees in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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    Sterling Silver + Brass Pins

    Switch up your style with a pair of Pins – one in sterling silver and one in brass – and help support refugees around the world.

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    Pins for 5

    Gift loved ones a stylish accessory of their own. A thoughtful, earnest commitment to the cause.

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    5 Authentic Afghan Kites

    Hope. That is what kites symbolize in Afghanistan, Jordan and other countries around the world where refugees and returnees will be producing The Pin. You'll also be supporting The Pin Project as we equip a Jordanian workshop to employ Syrian refugees. Fly the kites and/or display them on your wall (approximately 130 euros).

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    5 Authentic Afghan Kites + The Brass Pin

    Pair The Brass Pin with its inspiration: authentic Afghan kites. Kites represent hope in Afghanistan, Jordan and other countries around the world where refugees and returnees will be producing The Pin (approximately 150 euros).

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    Join us for Dinner

    Come for dinner in New York, London, Paris or Toronto and hear about the pin project first hand. Date to be determined by your availability (approximately 332 euros).

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    The Solid Gold Pin

    Show your profound support and receive a solid gold Pin made from 5 grams of 18 karat gold (approximately 431 euros).

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    The Full Pin Project Collection

    Make your mark on one of the greatest challenges of our age. Receive a solid gold, sterling silver and brass Pin (approximately 464 euros).

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    Be a Pin Project Partner

    Thank you for your helping us achieve our mission of creating long-term livelihoods for refugees. You’ll be an official Pin Project partner and be listed as such on thepinproject.co and on our existing partners’ websites wherever The Pin Project is referenced. (Approximately 1659 euros).

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    Travel with Us

    An inspiring commitment to refugee empowerment and employment opportunities. Come visit refuges artisans with us in one of the countries where we work and see the impact that your support is creating. Airfare and accommodation not included. (Approximately 8294 euros).

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