We strive to provide staff with employment opportunities that match their skills and benefits that match their needs. Thus we provide reimbursement for English and college-level coursework, flexible work arrangements, transportation stipends, and full healthcare benefits.
Additionally, we take pride in providing fair wages that have a multiplicative impact on the local economy. According to the Colorado Department of Human Services, for every $1 a refugee earns $25.49 is generated throughout the economy.
Living as a Congolese refugee in Rwanda for 18 years, Marc understands global racial discrimination and injustice on a deeply personal level. Evicted from the DRC, Marc and his family took refuge in Rwanda, where they worked hard to create a new home. Marc attended a year long program, where he learned to sew, and used his new talents to provide for his family as well as teach others. Becoming president of the refugee camp, Marc managed volunteers, donations, and relationships with the Rwandan government. To his surprise, his family was among the first group of refugees from the camp to be granted access to America.
While learning a new culture and country was difficult, Marc sought out jobs where he could use his sewing skills, but to no avail. The only jobs available for recently resettled refugees were unfulfilling, unpredictable, and menial. “I didn’t think it was possible to find a job doing what I love and using my skills, but I found Knotty Tie and I am so thankful everyday. It is wonderful to have a job where I can learn english, use my professional skills and provide for my family. I am able to show my children that they have a promising future and can do many things in America.”
Omar is from Hama, Syria. When Syria broke out in war, the government started throwing civilians in jail without cause. After 8 months of living in fear of being thrown in jail at any moment, Omar fled Syria. He and his family found safety at a refugee camp in Jordan. At first Jordan welcomed Syrian refugees, but as more and more Syrians were displaced by the war, Jordan grew reluctant to accept more refugees. Omar lived in the refugee camp for 5 years before he was granted asylum in America.
On February 13th, 2017, Omar and his family started their new life in Colorado. His wife, his 2 year old son, and his 3 year old daughter accompanied him to their new home. Before he moved to America he didn’t know if he would like it here, but now he says he likes Americans even more than his people of Syria. He has felt very welcome here, and he likes his coworkers a lot. His goal is to build a bright future for his family in Denver. In order to make this happen, he first plans to become fluent in English, and later hopes to attend fashion design school. His brother and mother are back in Syria and he misses them every day, and hopes that some day they will be able to join him in America.
Growing up in Somalia in the midst of continuous conflict and danger was not easy for Hibo, the eldest in a large family. “There was no peace, never any peace at home,” she says. “I love my country, but it is also very difficult to live there.” Bravely accepting the opportunity to take asylum in America, and leaving her family in Somalia behind, Hibo takes on each new day here with grace and positivity.
Having always dreamt of becoming a designer and seamstress, Hibo is grateful for her job at Knotty Tie Co. where she has learned to sew, the first step, in what we’re sure will be a successful career for this feisty 22 year old. “At Knotty Tie, I find peace. And a place with freedom to learn, to laugh, and to grow where you want to,” Hibo says. She is also learning English and hopes to attend college one day to pursue her dream of becoming a designer. “I want to try and learn each new thing. It is always hard at first, but then after practice, it becomes easy.” Wise advice for us all!
Tayebeh was born in Iran, but moved to Turkey with her family when she was 21 in search of a better life. She found Turkey to be a very beautiful place, and found its people very helpful and kind. In Turkey, Taybeh started working for a company sewing curtains and quickly picked up the skill. Her native language is Farsi, but languages come naturally to Tayebeh - it took her only 3 months to learn Turkish! Tayebeh moved to America in 2015 with her family: her mom, dad, sister, and two brothers. Upon arriving in America she took a food safety class at The University of Denver in order to learn English - because of this she knows all sorts of strange English words involving food-borne illnesses.
The African Community Center helped Tayebeh find a job at Knotty Tie using her extensive knowledge of sewing. She likes working at Knotty Tie because everyone is kind and teaches her new skills. Tayebeh has big plans for the coming year - she has started attending a local community college and is working to become a graphic designer. She has a knack for picking things up quickly and is excelling in her classes. Tayebeh has never before lived in a country where dogs were treated as pets, and she looks forward to becoming a pet owner!
Growing up in Mauritania, Africa, Amandou Sy was subject to an oppressive government who created an ethnic conflict that threatened him and his family’s lives. In 1989, a near war with bordering Senegal created a refugee crisis that forced thousands of Mauritanian people to relocate to the neighboring country. This exodus to Senegal was orchestrated by his own government in order to fulfill their race based agenda. Taking this hardship in stride, Amandou happily resettled in a safer environment and found the love of his life there. His wife’s family was also suffering from the same hardships as his in their native country.
In Senegal, Amandou learned how to sew and worked for a small company cutting and sewing traditional African men’s clothing. Amandou and his family lived in Senegal for nearly 20 years before getting an opportunity to move to the United States. Initially relocated to Kansas City, Amandou found a job sewing American flags and worked there for 6 years. As a recent transplant to Denver he found Knotty Tie Co and has been an excellent fit. He is happy to have found a position that pays well, suits his skill set and allows him to provide for him and his 8 children. Amandou attends English classes at night and wants to perfect his English language skills so that he can continue to expand his career possibilities.
Forced to flee as a teenager, Kalash has experienced many difficulties on his journey to the United States. Facing persecution in his home country of Cameroon, Kalash embarked on a 3 year journey before finding safety in the United States. He initially sought asylum in Nigeria but only found more danger created by rogue rebel groups throughout the country. While attempting to cross the border to Niger, local rebels robbed him of his documents and belongings and left him with nothing. He then had to unwillingly illegally enter Niger in order to get to the border of Algeria. He again was forced to illegally enter there before finally being able to get to Morocco in late 2017. Here with the help of the Human Rights Campaign he was able to start building his new life.
He lived in Morocco for nearly 2 years, employed in a call center and working to find a way to get to the United States. His dream finally came true in December of 2018. Shortly after arriving in Denver, Kalash started working at Knotty Tie Co and has been an amazing addition to the team. He is working 2 jobs for a period of time in order to save enough money to be able to start school in 2020 and improve his English skills. He has not determined what he wants to study once he enters college but he plans on attending as possible. Kalash has many chapters of an exciting biography left to write.
|Adult Standard||Adult Small|
|5" x 8"
Fits most male adults.
|4.5" x 7"
Fits most women and young adults.
|2.25" wide||2.75" wide||3.5" wide|
|58" long||62" long||66" long|
|Adult||Kids Pre-Tied||Baby Pre-Tied|
Adjustable for necks 14-18"
|Ages 2 and over
Adjustable velcro closure
|Ages 2 and under
Adjustable velcro closure