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Our Mission:


We are supporting women survivors of gender-based violence, women from minority and vulnerable groups, and women refugees by providing jobs through the sale and promotion of their handmade products.

You can shop these handcrafted items in The Bazaar. The majority of the items in our online shop is produced by women in job-training programs. Some are created by asylees and refugees. Thus, with each purchase, you are helping to increase the economic empowerment and livelihoods of women survivors of armed conflicts, women from marginalized communities, and women refugees resettled outside of their home countries.


News and Updates

We will share news and updates on Crescendo’s continued expansion right here, including new partnerships and products. Be sure to check in regularly or sign up for our newsletter!

Crescendo is One Year Old!

Crescendo turned a year old in April, but we've been waiting for the warmer temperatures to hold an outdoor birthday bash on Thursday, June 6th, 6pm-9pm!

Vida Fitness on U Street has graciously offered to host the festivities on their very exclusive rooftop. There will be happy hour drink specials throughout the night with a full menu of their food offerings. The space is a fun poolside oasis and they're giving us full access so bring your bathing suits and jump in!

Come hear about Crescendo's impact, latest partnerships, new products, the women we work with, and expansion plans all while sipping cocktails poolside. RSVP here and be sure to invite your friends and colleagues!

voice of america Indonesia

Crescendo was featured in a segment on Voice of America (VOA) Indonesia which aired in Indonesia on International Women’s Day (March 8th)! The English report was published on March 24th.

Link to the report (English):

Link to the report (Indonesian):

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2nd Annual 1Journey Festival in Washington, DC

The 1Journey Festival 2019 will take place on Saturday, June 29th. The festival celebrates and supports the local refugee community. Come stop by our vendor tent!


new jewelry has arrived!

Introducing handmade earrings and necklaces from Albania! These gorgeous pieces are handmade by survivors of human sex trafficking who are living in women's shelters operated by our partner organization, Association of AlbanianGirls and Women (AAGW). As with all of the products in our store, each purchase supports the rehabilitation and job training programs that are critical to helping survivors. Due to the limited quantity, we are currently selling these pieces exclusively at pop-up events. 

Plans for 2019…

We are currently exploring potential partnerships in Myanmar to support Rohingya IDPs and refugees living elsewhere. In addition, we are seeking opportunities to partner with Syrian refugees who are striving to rebuild their lives in different parts of the world. Domestically in the US, we will continue to seek out partnership opportunities with companies and organizations with similar missions or are looking to align their CSR objectives with our work.

We are open to all possibilities and new collaborations. If you would like to explore partnership opportunities with Crescendo or know of an organization that’s a good fit, please connect with us. We cannot wait to see what 2019 will bring!

Photo by  Clay Banks  on  Unsplash

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Photo by  Pedro Kümmel  on  Unsplash

Questions and Feedback

Since Crescendo was first officially incorporated in April 2018, it has been a very long journey to grow from ideation and germination to what is now a young tree. We welcome all water-bearers. Please send us feedback, comments, and questions. We appreciate all messages!