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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

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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September 2016

Gina Rogari

This September, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise team visited over 15 exceptional artisan entrepreneurs located in Tibetan areas throughout western China. We are so inspired by the vibrant entrepreneurial economy in these nomadic communities and are looking forward to supporting the growth of these businesses with some key partners! Find additional information about this visit (including details on the Artisan Value Chain Toolkit and Alliance-Kiva Artisan Loan Program) on our website very soon! 

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August 2016

Gina Rogari

This August, 13 artisan businesses, support organizations, and others joined the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise community! Find a full list of current Alliance members (116 organizations!) on our website, and connect today using the contact and social media directories in the Alliancemember portal (password: alliance2012)! Thank you for your ongoing commitment to elevating the importance of the artisan sector around the world. 

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Introducing the Alliance Digital Learning Series

Gina Rogari

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise is a diverse community of artisan businesses, social enterprises, individuals, and more working at different points in the artisan supply chain. Our community ranges from Chinchero weavers and Sudanese beaders to technical service providers and market organizers. We strongly believe that each member is integral to the artisan sector as a whole, and has important insights to share. To share learnings, provide short trainings, and reach our members around the world, the Alliance is launching a Digital Learning Series. 

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June 2016

Gina Rogari

The Alliance will hold a training session for artists at the Market covering credit basics and introducing the Alliance-Kiva Artisan Loan program. Not attending the Folk Art Market this year? You can still get involved! Learn more about the Artisan Loan Program on our website, and do not hesitate to reach out if you are interested in learning more about the program or receiving a training. Find more information and a full application in our member portal (password: alliance2012).

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Celebrating 100 members!

Gina Rogari

This month, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise community celebrates reaching over 100 members and partners. We are so grateful for your support and commitment to the advancement of the artisan sector around the world. Together, we are able to shine a bright light on the social, economic, and cultural value of artisan enterprise. Learn more about our 100th member on our blog!

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May 2016

Gina Rogari

In our 2016 Member Survey, you ranked support and grow artisan businesses as our most important objective. At the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, we are dedicated meeting this need, and are expanding and improving our programs to support the growth of your businesses. 

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