Aid to Artisans is a non-profit leading a “handmade revolution” which creates economic opportunities for artisans where their communities are developing. They build profitable businesses and promote lasting economic growth working with partners in developing countries. They provide help with product development, business skills training, market access and eco-effective processes. The end result is an infrastructure that supports the artisan community long after the mentoring program is complete.
Every July, Aid to Artisans, partners with Canvas Home, and awards a number of small grants to artisan organizations to help develop economic growth for marginalized communities. In 2014 ATA and Canvas Home awarded a grant to Hands of Hope Artisan Carvers Self-Help Group (HOHAC) of Tabaka, Kenya. Geoffrey Tamaro, the organization’s director, established HOHAC to help the people of his community, particularly women and children, improve their lives and raise the community’s standard of living by selling soapstone carvings, jewelry and post cards.
Since the award, Global Women Artisans followed up with HOHAC to see how the grant money had served them. With the grant, the group was able to purchase tools for crafting, and iron sheets to renovate their workshop and protect their artisans from direct sunlight and rainfall.
Geoffrey describes the award’s impact, “Initially we had cases of artisans going home without any money and their families sleeping hungry or lacking some basic household essentials. This is not the case anymore since all artists manage to get something at the end of the day. As a result of this, more children of the artisans have been sustained in school since they can acquire the school requirements like books and uniforms.
HOHAC really appreciates ATA for the great impact they have caused. I would encourage producing artisans all over the world who are eligible, to apply for the grant since it would result in a great transformation to their production, marketing and earnings from their work.”
To apply for a 2016 Aid to Artisan/Canvas Home grant go to: http://www.aidtoartisans.org/what-we-do/canvas-small-grants-program/