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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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!"Read More
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."Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
On July 14, 2016, the Alliance gathered 25 members online for our first-ever Digital Learning Series, "Handmade Trends in the Global Market"! ByHand Consulting hosted the session, covering the top trends affecting the unprecedented desire for artisan goods, and how entrepreneurs can capitalize from it. Miss the session? Learn and listen on the Alliance member portal today!Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
The Alliance community is growing every day; this April, 13 new members joined our network.
Take advantage of these exceptional organizations! Each of our members is working hard to promote the full potential of artisan enterprise across the globe. Get connected, share learnings, and explore collaboration. Find more information about all current members here, and consult our member portal for contact and social media directories (password: alliance2012)!
Thank you for your valuable feedback and insight into the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise community by completing the Alliance member survey. We are so happy to hear that our members value the Alliance's mission, objectives, and current initiatives.Read More