Ikea has announced plans to create a new line of rugs and textiles to be made by Syrian refugees living in Jordon. Ikea says it plans to focus on female workers, hoping to employ at least 200 people, and is working with local organizations that focus on womens issues.
“The situation in Syria is a major tragedy of our time, and Jordan has taken a great responsibility in hosting Syrian refugees… We decided to look into how Ikea can contribute,” says Jesper Brodin, managing director at Ikea.
According to CNN, “The rugs and textiles will be sold locally and in other Middle Eastern markets that have free trade agreements with Jordan. The Swedish furniture giant said the products will be part of a limited edition run.”
The line is expected to roll-out in 2019.