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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 


Handmade is Human

#CHOOSEARTISAN with the alliance for artisan enterprise

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The artisan sector is the second-largest employer in the developing world after agriculture, worth over $32 billion every year. Artisan enterprise increases local incomes, preserves ancient cultures, and provides employment for hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world, particularly for women. Still, artisan businesses are seldom recognized as drivers of economic growth. The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise community - over 125 members and partners - is building an ecosystem of support for artisan entrepreneurs across the globe.

Above all, the artisan sector is a human sector. The heart of artisan businesses are the craftsmen and women using their hands to create value for their families, communities and cultures. Join the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise as we #ChooseArtisan and explore the depth of what it means for something to be handmade. Tell us: why do you value artisan-made goods? Why is handmade human? Share what you think to be featured during the upcoming Alliance for Artisan Enterprise annual meeting!