ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There are an estimated 22 million refugees worldwide, according to the UNC Refugee Agency with a majority of them fleeing African and Middle Eastern countries. Some 28,000 people are forced to flee their homes each day.
Two Minnesotans are supporting refugees with their new company Epimonia.
"People need to be aware that it's a global crisis," said Mohamed Malim, a former refugee who fled Somalia in the 1990s. He, along with Amin Abdulkadir created the business.
They've created the bracelets out of the orange material on life jackets. Life jackets that were used by refugees fleeing from their homelands and left behind.
Each bracelet costs $40 and half of the profits goes toward helping non-profit refugee causes in Minnesota.
The pair has sold 300 so far.
"What I want to do is provide other people those same opportunities so they can raise children just like my mom raised her children and they can all be successful," said Abdulkadir.
Their mission is clear: help refugees, show them support, get people to talk about the crisis and give back to those who are looking for a better life.
If you're interested in shopping for bracelet, you can find more information here.