More about our Marketplace.
The Urban Village Marketplace provides a place for cultural preservation while also providing an opportunity for Karen and Karenni artisans to bring their products to market and generate and income. Right now, most Karen music, art, weavings, and other culturally relevant items can only be bought and shipped from Thailand or Burma. We hope to create a place where these items can be sourced from the talented community here in our neighborhoods.
We are excited to open our physical and online marketplace with culturally relevant goods, art, and handicrafts all provided by local Karen and Karenni entrepreneurs.
In our partnership with artists, we are excited to both put money into their pockets as well as into the Urban Village Community Fund. This fund helps to support the community led projects that we host and supports our community space full of community resources.
"We chose to leave our homeland because of the violence but we decided to come here because we wanted opportunity for our children through education".
-Eh Soe Dwe
"This means we have a space to go to when we want to connect with other Karen people. This means we have a place to turn to when we need support or would like to provide support. This means having a space to build relationships with one another."
"The Urban Village is a place where I can bring my kids and they will be reminded of our history and where we came from".
Connection. Collaboration. Kinship.
The Urban Village is a Karen & Karenni community space designed to cultivate connection, collaboration, and kinship both inside and outside its walls - both inside and outside the Karen & Karenni Community. At the Urban Village, we believe that the road to opportunity and achievement can be difficult to travel alone. We believe, it takes a village.