Welcome to our global maker-to-market movement where, together with 20,000 artisans, we ignite social change. We create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in developing countries to thrive through strong relationships, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.
Floral block print tablecloth created by artisans of the Dastkar Ranthambore workshop, located in rural Rajasthan. When the Indian government dedicated a large area of Rajasthan as a controlled tiger habitat, many villagers were forced to relocate to the fringes of the land, and women with few employment options began illegally cutting wood to sell as fuel. A local nongovernmental organization trained women in embroidery and tailoring for income opportunities.
HANDCRAFTED IN INDIA
AIACA works with nonprofit and producer-owned artisan organizations in India. Some 65 member groups benefit from marketing support, design training and capacity building assistance. Artisans, who are paid on a per piece basis, participate in deciding pricing for products. In all cases, profits are either distributed among the artisans or reinvested in the community through other development programs. Artisans working with AIACA are primarily women. Most of the artisan groups that are part of AIACA are made up of home-based artisans. In some cases, artisans gather in village community centers to work together. These centers are built with contributions from nongovernmental organizations, and are maintained by the community. Ten Thousand Villages began purchasing from AIACA in 2009.