Initially set up in the small village of Björkå, the Emmaus group of the same name now works in Gothenburg and has seven second-hand shops in the south of the country. In total, Emmaus Björkå has 120 staff members. The group is also working together with 18 municipalities in Sweden, in order to provide meaningful work placements for disabled people. In collaboration, Emmaus Björkå and the municipalities run another 13 second-hand shops where 250 people collect, sort, repair and sell items at low prices.
Emmaus Björkå uses its income to campaign for the emancipation of peoples in Palestine and the Western Sahara. The group supports refugee centres from these areas by sending shoes and also supports schools, hospitals and cultural centres in Palestine, Lebanon and the West Bank. Furthermore, Emmaus Björkå supports organisations in Mozambique and Nicaragua that work with young people, women and disabled people. Lastly, the group is involved in collectives that work with refugees and undocumented persons in Sweden.
- 120 staff members
- 250 volunteers
- 7 second-hand shops
- 3600 tonnes of goods collected every year
- Women’s rights
- International migration