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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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Newsletters Archive

September 2017

Gina Rogari

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise is thrilled to host the second-ever Global Showcase at the 2017 TEDWomen Conference, November 1-3 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, the Alliance is highlighting artisan enterprises that provide vulnerable refugee populations with sustainable livelihoods. Join us as we celebrate the skills and stories of refugee artisans in an immersive learning experience, re-examining entrepreneurship on a global scale. Follow the Global Showcase at www.allianceforartisanenterprise.org/tedwomen, and learn more about this year's participants below.

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August 2017

Gina Rogari

The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe is the world's largest annual folk art festival, celebrating 160+ artists and makers from across the globe. The 15th annual market will take place July 13-15, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Are you interested in participating in this year's market? Complete the full application (due October 1!) on the International Folk Art Alliance website. Find frequently asked questions and additional guidance for first-time applicants in the Application Guide. Email Gina Rogari with any questions throughout the application process! 

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From Artisan to Enterprise

Gina Rogari

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise is proud to foster a community of over 130 artisan businesses, support organizations, and others working with artisan producers in over 100 countries around the world. This summer, find three Alliance members featured in Aspen IDEAS Magazine - the biannual magazine of the Aspen Institute. Read their stories and explore the diverse ways these organizations are impacting women across the globe. 

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June 2017

Gina Rogari

Will your business participate in the 2017 International Folk Art MarketLet us know! Hosted by the International Folk Art Alliance, the International Folk Art Market is one of the largest and most impactful trade shows in the world. Over 160 artisan businesses and 20,000 attendees gather on Museum Hill for the three-day event. At the Market, the Alliance is excited to join key partners to lead two business training workshops exclusively for Folk Art Market artists. Please contact Gina Rogari if you are interested in learning more about our sessions and for sign-up information. 

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Announcing the 2017 TEDWomen Global Showcase

Gina Rogari

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise is thrilled to announce the second-ever Global Showcase at the 2017 TEDWomen Conference, November 1-3 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2016, the Alliance featured 12 extraordinary artisan businesses in the inaugural Showcase. Together, these women employ over 6,300 artisans, support tens of thousands of family members, and have rediscovered hundreds of ancient techniques across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. 

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May 2017

Gina Rogari

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise is thrilled to announce the second-ever Global Showcase at the 2017 TEDWomen Conference, November 1-3, in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2016, the Alliance featured 12 extraordinary artisan businesses in the inaugural Showcase. This year, the Alliance is reinventing the Global Showcase, highlighting artisan enterprises that provide vulnerable refugee populations with sustainable livelihoods. Every member of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise that is working with refugees is eligible for this opportunity, and will be considered by the Showcase review team. We are excited to stay in touch with updates throughout the Showcase planning process. See you in New Orleans!

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April 2017

Gina Rogari

Every year, Fashion Revolution Week is celebrated in remembrance of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where over 1,000 people were killed on April 24, 2013 outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. Fashion Revolution Week urges millions of consumers around the world to ask: "Who Made My Clothes?" and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain. Around the world, members of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise answered with photos, videos, and messages sharing the stories of their artisan partners.

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Happy International Women's Day!

Gina Rogari

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise is proud to support artisan businesses that drive increased incomes and economic opportunities to women around the world. In 2016, members of the Alliance network reached over 81,000 artisans, 89% of whom are women. These extraordinary women increase standards of living for hundreds of thousands of family members in global communities.

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February 2017

Gina Rogari

Kiva is the world's first online crowd-lending platform, connecting entrepreneurs around the world (like you!) with over one million individual lenders. Leveraging the Internet and a global network of Field Partners (including the Alliance), Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 each to help create opportunity. Hundreds of people fund each loan on the Kiva website. 

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Join the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise on Kiva

Gina Rogari

In partnership with Kiva - the world's first online crowd-lending platform - the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise offers loans tailored to artisan businesses. Artisan businesses are often overlooked by traditional lenders; Kiva allows these entrepreneurs to bypass banks and secure capital to buy raw materials, access international markets, invest in equipment and training, and more. In one year, the Alliance has raised over $100,000 in loan funds from individual Kiva lenders and has maintained a 100% repayment rate. Learn more about the program and see all 17 of our Kiva borrowers here!

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January 2017

Gina Rogari

At a time of such momentous change, it is so important for us to continue working to support small scale artisans around the world and to believe we can create positive change. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise community and your belief in the potential of artisan entrepreneurs everywhere!

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December 2016

Gina Rogari

2016 has proved the most impactful and exciting year yet for the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise! We are so grateful for your commitment to the Alliance community. Explore our impact and initiatives over the past year in our 2016 Impact Report, and read more about the Handmade is Human forum on the Aspen Blog!

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Explore our 2016 Impact Report!

Gina Rogari

2016 has proved the most impactful and exciting year yet for the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise! We are so grateful for your passion for the artisan sector and dedication to driving more resources and recognition to artisan businesses around the world. 

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November 2016

Gina Rogari

On December 2, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise will host Handmade is Human at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC - our annual gathering of members, partners, and friends. Thank you for sharing quotes, images, and videos explaining why you believe "handmade is human!" 

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Why Is Handmade Human?

Gina Rogari

On December 2, 2016, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise will gather artisan entrepreneurs, business owners, partners, experts, and friends at the Aspen Institute for our annual meeting. This year's meeting, Handmade is Human, will explore the depth of what it means for something to be "handmade." 

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October 2016

Gina Rogari

On December 2, join the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise in Washington, DC for our annual meeting! This year, our conference will dive into the meaning of handmade, exploring why Handmade is Human. We hope to see you in Washington, DC! Look for an official invitation and additional details early this November. We are thrilled to gather our members and partners for this vibrant event, and continue to grow the Alliance community!

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Save the Date! Alliance Annual Meeting

Gina Rogari

This December, join the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise in Washington, DC for our annual meeting: Handmade is Human.  

The full-day Handmade is Human event will gather Alliance members, partners, and friends to celebrate the power of the and meaning of "handmade." Join us at the Aspen Institute to explore some of the most innovative ideas in the vibrant world of artisan enterprise.

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Announcing: TEDWomen Global Showcase

Gina Rogari

This October 26-27, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise will host a Global Showcase at the 2016 TEDWomen conference - the premier women's conference in the world. Twelve artisan entrepreneurs will share their stories with over one thousand TEDWomen attendees, and three women will take the TED stage!

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