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At a time when economic inequality continues to be a major global challenge, and so many are left outside of the mainstream economy, we must continue to find paths to meaningful employment opportunities for all. Globally, the artisan sector is significant and growing—international trade in artisan goods doubled between 2002 and 2012 to total over $32 billion dollars.
But, there is still a problem of perception. Most people do not understand the full economic value of the sector. Many do not see artisan businesses as real industries or as drivers of economic development and job creation. Many with impact on policy still do not have a full appreciation of the impact the artisan sector has on development goals. Most consumers still do not understand or value the impact artisan-made goods can have on communities and lives.
HELP US SHARE THE POWER OF AN INDIVIDUAL ARTISAN
Unlocking the full potential of the sector will require a change to this dynamic – shifting perception of the sector, increasing awareness and advocacy among consumers, and raising the sector’s importance and role in policy and development dialogue. This campaign aims to put a face to artisan enterprises. It will raise awareness of the value of buying artisan goods. It will help inform policy makers on the impact that artisan goods have on sustainable development goals. And finally, it will educate corporate buyers on the economic value and corporate social responsibility implications of selling artisan goods.
LEND YOUR VOICE TO THE #CHOOSEARTISAN CAMPAIGN TODAY
When we speak together, we can make change happen. We are launching the #ChooseArtisan Thunderclap to speak with one voice on social media to share with the world that we #chooseartisan. Our thunderclap will be shared on November 6, 2015 to highlight the profound impact that artisan enterprises have on sustainable development. We call on all consumers, corporate buyers, policy makers, and donors to lend a voice to the artisan enterprise by joining our Thunderclap today.
Together, we can shine a light on the magnificent potential of artisan enterprises all over the world. Register your support today to help us reach 1 million people!