The smell of saw dust fills the air. Pine wood boards lean against one wall of the workshop, stacks of chairs line another.
It's the work space of Cucula in a former factory along the river Spree. Cucula Refugees Crafts and Design company is a pilot project based in Berlin. The idea: to empower five refugees from West Africa through furniture making. Ali Maiga Nouhou is one of them:
"Cucula is to speak together, to work together, to eat together."
Ali hammers a few nails into an almost finished chair.
"To build a chair is very important to me."