Mohamed Malim's Minnesota-based startup takes lifejackets worn by refugees when they crossed the Mediterranean and transforms them into bracelets, beanie hats, jackets and other items of clothing. His aim is to tell a realistic, balanced story about refugees while supporting them practically. He studied marketing at university in 2018 when he collaborated with his uncle, the Dutch-Somali fashion designer Omar Munie, to create the Embracelet. They then launched Epimonia. The team is small—four employees and six refugee seamstresses—but has already recycled more than 500 lifejackets donated by Refugee 4 Refugees, a Greek NGO. In addition, they have donated over $45,000 (£33,000) for college scholarships and citizen application fees. Their next steps include creating apparel from tents left in Greece.

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