OUR MISSION
"Reflecting the beauty of community through empowerment"

Äyna is a social enterprise rooted in the belief that you can have both beauty and impact. Äyna is committed to providing newly arrived refugees with the community, skills and employment opportunities they need for long-term success in the United States.

 

We are dedicated to making beautiful life-long jewelry pieces, providing practical jobs for refugees, and supporting our employees in achieving their dreams. We truly believe that we need to be a reflection of what we want to see in the world.

Meet the Founder: Laila Jewayni

Äyna was born out of a desire to merge the founder’s two passions, metalsmithing and social impact. Laila was the child of an Afghan refugee mother and spent the majority of her adult life working with refugees in the U.S. and abroad.

 

After spending years working for international organizations, she realized that the biggest challenge worldwide for this population to assimilate and succeed in another country was gainful employment. Laila returned to the U.S. from Kenya in 2015 and knew that she wanted to start a meaningful business. She began training as a metalsmith so that she could eventually transfer these skills to others.

 

Through this initiative, Laila hopes to inspire women to support one another in achieving our collective and individual dreams.

 

OUR PARTNERS

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Our Design Process

Each Äyna piece is handcrafted to precision. Designs are modern and influenced by timeless jewelry from all over the world.

 

Once artisans are trained, they will have the opportunity to contribute to Äyna designs.

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