We wanted Filimin to add beauty to the world not just as a product but in how it is created. With this in mind, we teamed up with Wichita Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) to assemble Filimins.
Participants in WIN are women survivors of physical and/or emotional abuse. Many are homeless, with children, recovering from addiction, but have already made the brave decision to stop the cycle of abuse for them and for their families. WIN offers these women a full range of services, including job support and training, emotional and educational support, and resource acquisition.
The women at WIN assemble Filimins from start to finish. They solder, program and configure printed circuit boards, operate CNC machines, use power tools, test, glue, and run each Filimin through a 9-point quality assurance test before packing and shipping them. In developing this process with us, they have accomplished things they never thought they might and have gained confidence and competence in new skill sets.
While we knew that we would enjoy working with the women of WIN, we did not imagine how rewarding it would be to play a small role in their success. Our thanks goes to WIN for allowing us to be a part of their team so we may witness first-hand the journey these women take toward living fully with strength and determination.