New Nonprofit Partner: ANKAA Project

Élanoura is honored to partner with ANKAA Project on a two-part volunteer activity during our Global Founder’s Retreat Greece. 

In the midst of volunteering on Chios in 2017, the idea for ANKAA Project was born, driven by a vision of creating sustainable solutions and amplifying the voices of those in need. 

ANKAA Project advocates for social inclusion, an acknowledgement of a shared history, equal opportunities and a celebration of cultures and skills, while recognizing people for their skills, experiences, future ambitions and goals.

Through educational programs in Greek language and sewing, aspiring tailors are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for employment opportunities in the fashion production industry. 

What does ANKAA mean?

The Ankaa star is the brightest star in the constellation of Phoenix, a symbol of rebirth, renewal and hope. From Arabic and Latin roots, Ankaa stands for the ‘star of the skiff’, guiding the way for travellers of the sea. Together we want to light a new path for travellers fleeing war and persecution, as they continue to write their stories and build their futures.

Learn more about the ANKAA Project


We intend to strengthen the unemployed community in Athens.

We support vulnerable communities (asylum-seekers, refugees, migrants, people seeking employment,…) in Athens by offering:

  • Language classes and workshops in Greek
  • Sewing classes
  • Crafting Careers Program for tailoring
  • Workshops on upcycling and handicrafts


Our social business activities offer job opportunities to experienced workers and/or former ANKAA students. Our products reflect and promote sustainability for the people, the project and the planet. We use upcycled, local or organic materials and try to implement the principles of circular economy in all our processes. We offer an ethical working environment and a fair wage to our makers.


Crafting a Better Tomorrow. One stitch at a time.

From transforming rubber boats into stunning bags with mimycri to offering ethical production services for conscious brands, ANKAA Project is dedicated to reducing waste and creating a positive impact. Purchase upcycled gifts and sustainable merchandise created by ANKAA’s trainees. Every purchase is a contribution to the organization.

Shop ethical products here

Global Founder’s Retreat Greece


ANKAA women refugee trainees and the women founders we bring will come together and learn from each other through a lunch conversation around business ownership and a sewing activity led by the trainees, for an uplifting afternoon of mutual empowerment.

10% of retreat fees will go to our local nonprofit partners to support their continued efforts in empowering women refugees. 

Join us in Greece to inspire and be inspired by the women of ANKAA Project!

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