Aid to Artisans

We create economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk.

05/07/2024

We want to know: What are your top 5 challenges as an entrepreneur in the handmade industry? We are putting together a resource to answer our community's 10 most pressing questions. Share what you think should make the list!

Leave your answers in the comments or send us a DM! We look forward to hearing from you!

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 05/06/2024

A look back at the beautiful Willow Wicker baskets and light pendants, made by willow wicker grown in the wetlands of the Ganderbal district of Kashmir, India during the Art-X Kashmir Project. What do you think of these unique products? 🌿

Let us know what you think in the comments!

🤝 Kadam Haat
🤝 Shaaksaz producer company
📸 Arif Irshad
✍️ Howard Peller of Living Willow Farm

05/02/2024

Are you seeking to align your business with ethical handmade suppliers but unsure where to start? Or are you an artisan supplier that wants more information on what buyers are looking for when sourcing products? Join Sara Collins and Aid to Artisans for an insightful webinar titled Sourcing Ethical Handmade Suppliers for Your Business, where Sara will delve into how to responsibly source and connect with manufacturers that align with your mission and business.

✨ FREE WEBINAR: Sourcing Ethical Handmade Suppliers for Your Business
📆 May 13th, 2024
🕐 10:15-11:30am EST
📍 Zoom

Sign up and learn more here: https://creativedc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdeCqqj4tGtzohBDNqbQPUpiNLHO3bwjy #/

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 04/30/2024

The 40-youth participating in the Resilience Through Crafts project in Burkina Faso are not artisans by training, rather they are interested in artisanry. They have been going through a set of training courses that teaches them both the practical and organizational aspects of being an artisan and running an artisan business.

As a result, they were able to not only successfully reproduce bags, cushion covers, table runners, home décor products, and a range of different cotton fabrics, but they were also able to cost and price these products, understand quality control, and practice how to present handcrafted products when they are ready for sale.

What do you think of these products?

📸 Photo 2 - Photo taken by Isso Emmanuel Botiono

04/25/2024

Gain Essential Insights by Joining the 2024 eMarket Readiness Program! Are you facing challenges in expanding your products into new markets? Do you want to explore new sales channels but are unsure where to start? Are you questioning whether your prices cover your costs?

Save yourself years of frustration by getting answers to these questions and more in just 5 days! Join our live eMarket Readiness Program, taking place online from September 9th to 13th, 2024.

By participating, you'll develop a concrete 6-month plan to propel your business forward, create new connections, and gain a renewed sense of confidence.

Learn more by visiting the eMRP page here: https://artisanbusinesslab.teachable.com/p/emrp

Photos from KOMON A'TEL's post 04/24/2024
Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 04/23/2024

The 40-youth who participated in the product development phase of the Resilience Through Crafts project chose what skills they wanted to learn. At both the GAFREH and CAF centers, the youth learned cutting and sewing, dyeing or weaving. These skills were transferred to creating beautiful bags, table runners, scarves, and more.

Which skill would you like to learn more about? Let us know in the comments!

📸 Photos by Désirée Kanyala

04/18/2024

Did you know that ATA works beyond the craft sector? We're excited to introduce "Strengthening Municipal Processes – A Path Towards Self-Management," a 3-year initiative in Chiapas, México, dedicated to fostering dialogue and addressing key issues like water management and health. With over 15,000 beneficiaries across 50 communities, our goal is to enhance the quality of life in the Municipality of Sitalá.

This involves empowering local organizations, promoting sustainable income generation, and advocating for holistic health practices while celebrating indigenous knowledge.

Stay tuned to learn more about this new project!

04/16/2024

We want to welcome the newest member of the ATA family, Lauren Hamamy. Lauren is the new Program Specialist at our HQ. Lauren brings a blend of marketing and project management expertise to the Aid to Artisans’ team. She has a passion for cultural preservation and a deep commitment to empowering local artisans within their communities. She has spent over a year in Latin America collaborating directly with artisans, cultivating a profound interest in textiles and pottery.

We are very excited to have her as part of our team!

04/11/2024

Don't miss out on our unique webinar with Carl Harrison on Monday! Explore innovative approaches to infuse your culture into your designs, offering fresh perspectives on product design.

Join us for this hour-long webinar with an optional, bonus 15-minute breakout session to discuss what you have just learned with your peers! You will walk away with the confidence and tools to design products that truly represent the culture of your community.

Even if you can't make it, register and we'll make sure to send you the replay. The replay will only be available to those who have registered for the event.

✨Free Webinar: Decolonizing Design
📆April 15th, 2024
🕐10:15-11:30am EST
📍Zoom

Register here: https://creativedc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkfuitqDkuGdL0Q11GRo_QEstxZIT9abWr #/registration

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 04/09/2024

Excited to share outcomes from the Municipal Youth Forum! 🌟 Held on March 8th, 2024, it brought young people from San Juan Cancuc, Chiapas, Mexico together to engage in vibrant discussions on social, environmental, and cultural issues. Hosted by allied organizations, the forum aimed to amplify youth voices and address community challenges.

Learn more when you visit our eLetter through the link in our bio! 🌍

The Komon A’tel 2.0, "Building Spaces for Dialogue in San Juan Cancuc," project is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 04/04/2024

Over a span of 20 days, 20 youth from the Centre d'Animation Féminin (CAF) in Koudougou, and 20 from the Groupement d'Action des Femmes pour la Relance Economique du Houet (GAFREH) Center in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, put their learnings to the test.

By using samples previously produced by master artisans, and information from the trainings they have attended, the 40 youth were able to develop over 200 product samples that will be showcased and sold at future local tradeshows!

Stay tuned to learn more about the "Resilience Through Crafts" project.

📸 Isso Emmanuel Bationo

04/02/2024

In today's globalized world, Western perspectives often dominate, influencing design trends worldwide. But how can we authentically infuse our own cultural identities into our designs while still appealing to international audiences?

Join Carl Harrison on Monday, April 15th, 2024, to discuss this very topic during his webinar, Decolonizing Design - Product Design from an Alternative Perspective!

Carl initially trained in three-dimensional design and worked extensively across various industries worldwide, focusing on product design. He later transitioned to aiding small-scale manufacturers through roles with organizations like Oxfam, Traidcraft, and UNIDO, facilitating product development for local and export markets.

Sign up for his webinar to learn more about carl and Decolonizing Design!

https://creativedc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkfuitqDkuGdL0Q11GRo_QEstxZIT9abWr #/registration

03/26/2024

In the artisan sector, we strive to ensure that our products authentically reflect the stories and cultures of those who create them. However, achieving this balance can be challenging. How can we effectively infuse modern products with the essence of the cultures they represent to create something truly unique?

Join Carl Harrison, author, scholar, designer, and founder of carlharrisondesign, as he guides us through the process of incorporating deeper cultural elements into product design by merging the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, and design during his FREE webinar, Decolonizing Design.

✨ FREE WEBINAR: Decolonizing Design - Product Design from an Alternative Perspective
📆 April 15th, 2024
🕐 10:15-11:30am EST
📍 Zoom

Sign up for the free webinar here: https://creativedc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkfuitqDkuGdL0Q11GRo_QEstxZIT9abWr

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 03/21/2024

Six entrepreneurs from Lesotho, Ethiopia, and Uganda sponsored by the Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) exhibited at the NY NOW Winter Show for the very first time from February 4-7, 2024! By the end of the show, the entrepreneurs connected with over 70 potential buyers and secured 22 orders!

After returning home from New York City, each entrepreneur is now dedicating time to follow up with all potential buyers and connections they established during the show.

Thank you to Nathalie Tancrede and Dondrill Glover for helping prepare these talented SMEs!

To learn more about their experiences, visit our monthly eletter here: https://ata.creativelearning.org/aid-to-artisans-monthly-february-2024-2/

03/19/2024

Have you heard of circular economies? “The circular economy is an innovative economic model," Morin George-Douglas of Tamayo explained during her webinar in February, "focused on prolonging the lifespan of products and materials, either indefinitely or for as long as possible." This involves strategies such as reusing, repairing, recycling, and renting products when they reach the end of their lifecycle.

Want to continue to learn about how to develop your handmade business? Explore our courses on Artisan Business Lab! Learn more here: https://artisanbusinesslab.teachable.com/p/explore_courses

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 03/14/2024

Mastering your craft through hands-on experience is the cornerstone of success. In Burkina Faso, 40-youth participating in the Resilience Through Craft project have started developing products under the guidance of master artisans.

In both Bobo-Dioulasso and Koudougou, the youth are immersing themselves in the traditional techniques of crafting handbags, scarves, and home décor products. From deciphering product specifications to mastering techniques like cutting straight lines, sewing, and assembling, they are gaining invaluable expertise.

Learn more about this project by visiting our February eletter here: https://ata.creativelearning.org/aid-to-artisans-monthly-february-2024-2/

03/12/2024

Achieve success in the international market and connect with fellow entrepreneurs worldwide, all from the comfort of your own home when you the 2024 eMarket Readiness Program!

After attending the 5 days of presentations with industry experts and optional small group coaching sessions, you will walk away with a 6-month business plan, created by you, for you.

Abbie of Kandahar Treasure shared her 6-month business goals after the program. Are you ready to create yours?

The eMarket Readiness Program (eMRP)
📆 September 9-13, 2024
📍Zoom

Learn more about the eMRP here: https://artisanbusinesslab.teachable.com/p/emrp

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 03/08/2024

Happy ! 🌟 Today, and every day, we honor the incredible strength, resilience, and achievements of women worldwide.

At Aid to Artisans, empowering women is at the heart of our mission. Did you know that 85% of our beneficiaries are women? 🚺 We invite you to join us in celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political triumphs of women everywhere!

As proud members of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), we are committed to supporting female artisans and entrepreneurs, because every voice matters. 💪 Today is your day – let's continue to uplift and inspire each other! 💖

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 02/23/2024

In Burkina Faso, the youth from Koudougou and Bobo Dioulasso have started to develop their products with the guidance of master artisans from the organizations Centre d’Animation Féminin of the Association Kogl-Taaba (CAF) and GAFREH. Learning from the experts is a great way for these youth to develop their skills!

These bags, pillows, and fashion accessories are being prepared to be showcased at future tradeshows throughout the nation. Stay tuned to learn more and see their final products!

📸Youth at CAF developing products for SICOT fair, Youth at GAFREH learning how to stitch circles, Youth at GAFREH working with a master artisan







02/21/2024

Do you have questions about your business that you are struggling to find answers for? Do you need advice on your business or want to attend a tradeshow but you aren't sure what is expected of you?

Get answers to your questions by registering for one-on-one coaching sessions with artisan industry experts! Speak with a coach virtually via Zoom through our Artisan Business Lab platform!

Before going to NY NOW this past February, Hosaeana from Ze'el Clothing attended coaching sessions, one of which was with consultant Dondrill Glover. She shared:

“I had my first Zoom meeting with Dondrill and I had the opportunity to showcase my new products for her. So, she provided me with helpful and great feedback [on which products I should bring to the show].”

Sign up for your coaching sessions now! Learn more here: https://artisanbusinesslab.teachable.com/p/one-on-one

📸Hosaeana speaking to a buyer at NY NOW.

02/19/2024

Want to bring your products to new markets? Want to learn from handmade industry experts? Want to know what US buyers have to say? Interested in building connections with entrepreneurs around the world? The eMarket Readiness Program (eMRP) is for you!

We have heard your feedback and have extended the program from 4 days to 5 days of live, online, intensive training! Save years of headache in just 5 days when you join the eMRP from September 9-13, 2024. Join fellow entrepreneurs in learning directly from handmade industry experts on all topics related to what it takes to run a successful, international handmade business.

Learn more about the program by visiting the eMRP page here: https://artisanbusinesslab.teachable.com/p/emrp

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 02/16/2024

On January 18, 2024, the first Municipal Health Forum was held in San Juan Cancuc, Mexico as part of our Building Spaces for Dialogue in San Juan Cancuc Project. The 99 participants came together to discuss and share health issues existing in their communities and learn more about community medical actors and resources that are available to support their communities.

San Juan Cancuc is an isolated rural municipality, where many indigenous communities speak Tzeltal, not Spanish. This forum was unique, having been presented in their native language. Participant groups created “problem trees,” which revealed priority issues affecting individuals, communities and neighborhoods. The problem trees also sparked discussions around the causes and consequences of these health problems.

Visit our monthly eletter to learn more about this event!
https://ata.creativelearning.org/aid-to-artisans-monthly-january-2024/

Photos from Aid to Artisans's post 02/14/2024

Want in on a little secret? The key to having a successful tradeshow experience is in the preparation and research before you step foot in the exhibition space. In preparation for the NY NOW Winter Show in February, 6 entrepreneurs from Uganda, Ethiopia and Lesotho participated in one-on-one coaching sessions between December 2023 and January 2024.

During these sessions, entrepreneurs discussed communication strategies, preparation of marketing materials, product design, costing, pricing, and more with our experts. We took an extra step to ensure they were ready for the show by having each entrepreneur join the How to Prepare for an International Tradeshow course on Artisan Business Lab.

Thank you to Dondrill Glover, Nathalie Tancrede, and Lauren Barkume for sharing your knowledge!

02/13/2024

La Alianza Komon A’tel tiene el gusto de anunciar el siguiente foro, la Problemática del Agua y Alternativas de Solución que se llevará a cabo este 15 de febrero del 2024, en el domo comunitario del barrio Yaxha Municipio de San Juan Cancuc, Chiapas.

A todo el público en general, queda cordialmente invitado para que asistan y entre todas y todos dialoguemos y busquemos posibilidades de solución de la problemática que presenta el agua en el Municipio, ya que es vital para nuestra vivencia cotidiana y es importante que juntos pactemos acuerdos comunitarios que generan el bienestar social.

Dentro del evento programado se harán mesas de trabajo, para abordar temas relacionadas con el agua y nos centraremos en identificar los principales problemas que se está presentando sobre el abastecimiento del agua en el municipio.
Tu participación es importante, asiste y se parte de estas acciones donde se busca el bien vivir para todas las familias que engloba el municipio de San Juan Cancuc, Chiapas.

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The entire general public is welcome to attend so that together we can discuss and seek possibilities for solving the water issues facing the Municipality, as it is vital for our daily lives. It is important that we come together to agree on community agreements that promote social well-being.

During the scheduled event, working groups will be formed to address water-related issues, focusing on identifying the main problems with water supply in the municipality.

Your participation is important, and we hope you attend and be part of these actions aimed at promoting the well-being of all families within the municipality of San Juan Cancuc, Chiapas.
Aid to Artisans México
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Photos from TFO Canada's post 02/13/2024

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