Alliance for Artisan Enterprise
The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and partners with the Aspen Institute, Kiva and U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. The Alliance, its partners and members work to develop programs and resources to support and promote the artisan industry’s continued growth, “and elevate the global importance of artisan enterprise. Together, we can enact sector-wide change, achieving what no single business can achieve alone.”
The programs listed below are available to Alliance members.
Networking Platform The Alliance is a networking platform where members all along the artisan value chain including artisan business owners, social enterprises, NGO’s, government agencies and others can build social relationships, learn from one another and work together with others who share this common interest. Currently the network is associated with 89,000 artisans in 110 countries around the world – 89% of whom are women. Here is a list of current members of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise.
Innovative Financing Programs The Alliance works with Kiva to provide loans to artisans. The loans have been used to build businesses in many ways including buying raw materials, fulfilling large orders and improving workshop conditions.
Where most micro-financers charge interest, all Alliance loans have been made with 0% interest since January 2016. Any member of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise may apply for an Alliance-Kiva loan. To learn more and/or apply go to: http://www.allianceforartisanenterprise.org/artisan-loans.
Artisan Business Coaching Current resources include workshops and a digital learning series. In late 2017, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise will launch a formal Artisan Business Coaching program. The program’s training modules will cover record keeping, business planning, and more.
Key Events The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise hosts events such as an annual meeting and their TEDWomen Global Showcase where artisans display their work. At these events artisan business owners, corporate leaders, policymakers, and consumers gather to discuss ways to help the world understand the global importance of artisan enterprise.
Members are asked to contribute a $100/year annual membership fee. Additional information regarding member benefits and responsibilities can be found here.
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.