African Refugee Women's Collective: Products made by refugee women
Nellie Van Den Bos
Nellie began volunteering with Kuchinate in Development in June 2018. She supports the Director of Development wherever needed and as a Dutch citizen, she focuses on bringing in Dutch/European donors.
Nellie is a PhD-student in Occupational Therapy at the University of Haifa, where she conducts international research into the handwriting skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Artal is the Coordinator for the Children’s Center. She is an Occupational Therapist with 30 years of experience in treating and managing services in the special education system.
"Becoming a pensioner allowed me to give my time and expertise to the asylum
seeker community. My time here at Kuchinate is the most significant time of my
Sharon Cohen Tischler
Sharon is an Occupational Therapist specializing in neurological rehabilitation.
“I arrived here during my studies for a master’s degree in Social Change and have
not left. The time I spend supporting, teaching and empowering the women of
Kuchinate is the highlight of my week. Hugging and dancing are the perfect way to
bring joy into each other’s lives, and it reminds me of my African origins”.
Ayşe Hatunoglu Macchia
Ayse is from Turkey. She moved to Israel with her husband and 2 kids, following her
husband’s diplomatic service in the Italian embassy.
She has a diploma in Business Administration and 10 years of experience in project development, illustration and event organization.
At Kuchinate, she mainly supports new product development and helps with the design and styling of the Kuchinate sales points. She also organizes independent fundraisers for Kuchinate, with international women’s clubs and diplomat groups.
Talli is a graphic designer and illustrator with over a decade of experience.
She moved to Israel from South Africa at the age of fifteen with her parents. Talli first heard of Kuchinate through Natasha Miller Gutman, and met some ladies of Kuchinate when she attended a workshop at Har Tziyon 104 to crochet baskets.
She has been working with Kuchinate on their graphic marketing efforts for close to four years now and has developed most of their brand language. Talli is honored to work for such a life-impacting organization.
Lior Hermoni Gati
Lior Hermoni is an industrial designer by training. She started volunteering with Kuchinate in 2020 and works on developing new products. She worked as a curator and director at the Saga Design Gallery in Tel Aviv, and she lives in Tel Aviv with her partner and two daughters.
'”I joined Kuchinate during the Corona period. I thought I could contribute from my experience in developing new products, building new collections and choosing materials. I discovered a group of strong, creative, and talented women with amazing abilities and a strong desire to develop and learn."