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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. 


Artisan Loan Program

artisan loan program


The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise has partnered with Kiva (the world's first online lending platform!) to offer our members tailored artisan business loans with 0% interest. 

Kiva connects entrepreneurs around the world with individual lenders to access safe and affordable financing. Artisan businesses are often overlooked by traditional lenders; Kiva allows artisan businesses to bypass banks and secure capital to buy raw materials, access international markets, invest in equipment and training, and more. 

The Alliance has disbursed over $65,000 in loan funds to artisan businesses across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Members have utilized loans to fulfill large purchase orders, construct new workshops, and attend the annual International Folk Art Market. Discover all past and present Alliance-Kiva Artisan Loan Program borrowers on the Kiva website!

Members, are you interested in receiving a loan? Find the full application in our member portal!