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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. 

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The mission of the Alliance is to support the power and potential of the artisan sector to create jobs, increase incomes, enhance cultural heritage and promote development that respects the uniqueness of people and place. 


The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Aspen Institute. The Alliance identifies and builds tools and support systems needed to support artisan businesses around the world. Our community of members and partners envisions a world in which artisans are fully integrated into global commerce and where increasing revenues flow to artisan producers in communities in need of economic opportunity.

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise collaborates with key partners, including Kiva and the U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues, to develop resources that support the sustainable growth of artisan businesses. Our tailored set of programming provides artisan producers, often relegated to the informal economy, with the tools needed to develop viable and successful businesses. 

Learn more about our programs and community of members, and get involved by subscribing to our newsletter or making a donation today!