World Bazaar and Phoenix Community Market wins Exemplary Collaborative Award

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This year, LISC Phoenix is honoring one of our most unique events with a notable award. For the last 20 years, LISC Phoenix has focused on building community among neglected neighborhoods. Their goal has been to create a place of pride within neighborhoods and make people proud of calling that place home. On October 30, 2018 they’ll be announcing their 2018 Community Award Honorees and our event known as The World Bazaar and Community Market will be receiving the Exemplary Collaborative Award.

The World Bazaar and Phoenix Community Market is a cultural experience unlike any other. When the event was born in May of 2016, it began as a small market with the intention of bringing together different cultures and providing an opportunity for community members to shop from refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs. This year we hosted our 5th Annual World Bazaar and had over had over 50 refugee and immigrant owned businesses participate.

Business owners set up colorful pop-up shops at the 19 Ave and Camelback Park and Ride which made it an ideal location from people with various transportation needs to have access to the event.

Kimber Lanning, the Executive Director of Local First Arizona Foundation talked about the impact of World Bazaar in various communities.

We are proud of this event because it showcases the diverse cultures that call Phoenix home. We are particularly proud of the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator graduates who participate as vendors in the market to showcase their newly launched businesses after learning all that is needed to start and operate a successful business.
— Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona Foundation

Whether you love food, live music, or want to buy the most unique holiday gifts, the The World Bazaar will offer you exactly what you are looking for. Here’s a quick list of just some of the unique products from around the globe that are on display at this event:

·     African beadwork, dresses, scarves, jewelry, baskets, and gifts

·     Middle Eastern women’s fashion and jewelry

·     Craft goods made by refugee women

·     Art from around the world

·     Ethiopian coffee

·     Iraqi bread

·     Baklava and other Syrian Sweets

·     Mexican food

·     Locally grown produce

In a nutshell, The World Bazaar and Phoenix Community Market is an exemplary collaborative because it brings together diverse people from planning to execution. The World Bazaar is hosted as a partnership between the International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, Local First Arizona, Fuerza Local, and the City of Phoenix. Best of all, 100 percent of the profits made go directly to each participating business, allowing the entrepreneurs to continue investing in their work.

The World Bazaar is an event that is not only exposing communities to cultures from around the globe, but it is building economic prosperity as well.