Asmeret Haray

Eritrea- Relocated to Canada in 2021.

Asmeret Haray

Eritrea- Relocated to Canada in 2021. 


Asmeret arrived in Israel in 2011 from Eritrea. In 2017, she joined the Kuchinate collective, and learned how to sew. After three years of developing her artistic talents and leadership qualities, Asmeret became Kuchinate’s Sewing Department Director. During her time as Director, Asmeret designed many new products, and led a course that taught 24 women how to sew.

"Before I came to Kuchinate, I was afraid to talk and tell what happened to me, now I do not stop talking. Kuchinate gave me a voice."

Asmeret is a single mother of two beautiful girls, Eldana (8) and Mikhal (3). She has long dreamt of opening her own Kuchinate in a new country where she can build a future for herself and her daughters. In May 2021, with the help of our friends at UNHCR, Asmeret and her family were resettled in Edmonton, Canada. She hopes to one day realize her dream of opening her own shop in the abundant Eritrean community there.

“The most important thing that Kuchinate gave me was strength and confidence.

When I was in Eritrea I was very confident, I was very smart. Then when I came to Israel I

suddenly felt so small and fragile. I felt sad and miserable all the time. Sick, all my body hurt.

When I started Kuchinate I suddenly regained my strength. I’ve started to believe in myself

again. If you have strength, you won’t fall again.”