Member Highlight: How This Female Entrepreneur Is Empowering Refugee Women Through Fashion


Cynthia Khan shown in above photo third from left

Meet Cynthia Khan, an entrepreneur who is bringing hope to refugee women across Detroit and the United States through fashion. Learn how Cynthia is determined to leave a mark by revolutionizing the fashion industry while providing solutions to adversity!

Born in Pakistan, Cynthia Khan lived in Saudi Arabia before immigrating to Canada in 1994.  In 2002, Cynthia moved to the United States where she witnessed first-hand the cultural and language barriers, and social isolation new Americans faced when they first arrive in the United States.

In 2013, Cynthia founded Refuge for Nations as a means to empower refugee and immigrant women. Refuge for Nations is an ethical fashion brand that blends traditional style with contemporary, and is revolutionizing the cottage industry with high standards for quality and artistry.


As part of her work with Refuge for Nations, Cynthia started the International Friendship Center (IFC) to provide free basic services during the initial phase of assimilation in the United States. The IFC offers food and clothing, English and sewing classes, cultural assimilation, job orientation and citizenship classes. All services are free of charge to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, marital status, religion or country of origin.


Refuge For Nations has carved out a unique market segment for reviving the art of embroidery, needle work, quilting, appliqué and sewing to create women apparel uniting the rich heritage of the East with Western trends, thus creating more opportunities for artisans to protect their age-old art, and impacting the lives of women who have chosen to make America their new home.

Refuge for Nations

Refuge for Nations gives women artisans an opportunity to earn a fair income while taking care of children at home. Today, these talented women work from centers across Detroit and major cities across the United States with many unique fashion and lifestyle product lines.

For more information on Refuge for Nations, visit

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