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Prokritee 

Prokritee works with more than 1000 women in rural villages who run their own organisations. Savings programmes are set up at each enterprise and training is provided in adult literacy, leadership development and group management.
Chandra Devi Prajapati, a ceramics artisan

Mahaguthi

Mahaguthi provides markets, regular income and support to small producer groups, regularly investing in infrastructure and training for them. It also operates a large production facility where local employment opportunities are generated through work in textiles and paper making.

An artisan threading a loom

Association for craft producers

Association for Craft Producers (ACP) helps low-income artisans with design, technical management, marketing and a range of training courses in business and social issues. Artisans receive regular wages to supplement family incomes and improve their standard of living.

Ramya screen-printing toys

Gospel House Handicrafts

Gospel House Handicrafts provides employment and training to youth who work together in their workshop or who choose to work as independent contractors in their own homes. Home-based employment provides a valuable opportunity for women with small children to earn an income.

Sasha artisans with their products.

SASHA

Sasha is a leading non-profit organisation providing work to 2200 artisans around India. Sasha’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged artisans, craftspeople and primary producers at the grassroots. Sasha’s continuing efforts have resulted in developing craft communities, reviving dying arts and skills and inspiring new forms of creativity while providing vital livelihood support.

Dee Say using a backstrap loom to weave fabric - Thai Tribal Artisans.

THAI TRIBAL CRAFTS

Thai Tribal Crafts co-ordinates products from seven hill tribes across 50 remote villages of northern Thailand. Preservation of traditional crafts, languages and customs helps retain the cultural identity of disadvantaged tribal minorities, and the income from craft work is an essential supplement to subsistence farming.

 

Morabi Mondal handpainting leather products for EMA

EQUITABLE MARKETING ASSOCIATION

The Equitable Marketing Association (EMA) was founded in Kolkata and is one of the oldest fair-trade organisations in India. The EMA strives to aid minority communities by marketing their handmade products around the world. They also have a commitment to sustainably, and aim to plant 10,000 trees per year in their artisan’s local areas.

Pimola Nokrek - one of the jute bag artisans

CORR – THE jute works

Our partner CORR – The Jute Works (CJW) is a non-profit organisation that tackles poverty in Bangladesh by empowering more than 7,000 female artisans to earn a living and thrive. Based in Dhaka, CJW is one of Bangladesh’s largest exporters of jute textiles and handicrafts.

Craftlink

Craftlink is a non-profit organization that was set up by a group of international NGOs to help artisans, which were left out of economic progress in Vietnam. The organization saw that they could help these artisans help themselves, by assisting them to develop their skills, organizing them into production groups and giving them access to markets to sell their handicrafts. Craftlink organizes export sales to buyers around the world, as well as operating a shop in Hanoi.

ASPIRATION international

Aspiration International assists many artisan groups throughout India to ensure the survival of their unique craft traditions. Working alongside approximately 30 producer partners, Aspiration International encourages their artisans to become self-sufficient through allowing them to set up their own workshops and employ other artisans. 

 Dhaka Handicrafts

Dhaka Handicrafts work towards creating income opportunities for rural artisan families leading them towards self-reliance. Family welfare, gender equality and women’s leadership are central to Dhaka Handicrafts, with approximately 16,000 people benefiting from their work.

Allpa

Allpa assists artisan groups across Peru, reaching thousands of families in areas ranging from Cusco and Lake Titicaca in the Andes, to the desert town of Chulucanos and the Amazon rainforest area of Pucalpa. For most of these people handcraft production is their only source of income.

The Godavari Co-Operative

The Godavari region provides few options for employment and experiences severe natural disasters. The Godavari co-operative supports over 550 rural women and their families with essential income, education and medical support.

Manos Amigas

Manos Amigas partners with talented artisans from all over Peru to find new markets for their products, provide regular training and communicate trends in product design. Their work includes social services such as food programmes and providing school supplies for children.

Silence

Silence is an award-winning association based in India. Silence works with people with hearing, visual and physical impairments, training them in various handcrafts. All artisans receive a regular salary, and medical benefits. The group is highly skilled in candle making and hand-carved wooden products such as incense holders and homewares.

Thai Tribal Crafts (TTC)

Thai Tribal Crafts co-ordinates products from seven hill tribes across 50 remote villages of northern Thailand. Preservation of traditional crafts, languages and customs helps retain the cultural identity of disadvantaged tribal minorities, and the income from craft work is an essential supplement to subsistence farming.

Undugu

Undugu was established to work with street children and support development work in Nairobi slums. Producer co-operatives are formed to provide income generation for over 800 families and groups throughout Kenya. Producers benefit from business training and health education.

Saidpur Enterprises

Saidpur Enterprises works with female artisans in Bangladesh to develop business and leadership skills in an area with few other opportunities. Of the women who have been employed over the years, more than 1,500 have left to start their own small businesses.

Equitable Marketing Association

Allpa assists artisan groups across Peru, reaching thousands of families in areas ranging from Cusco and Lake Titicaca in the Andes, to the desert town of Chulucanos and the Amazon rainforest area of Pucalpa. For most of these people handcraft production is their only source of income.