With our seed funding, Rabha women weavers are getting training and support for design development and marketing.
The Rabha women are from Garo Basti in Rajabhathkhawa, and Mendabari and Andu forest villages in Chilapata forest division in Alipurduar district of West Bengal.
Our partner in India for this initiative is the Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development, (FORRAD), a support organization for smaller grass root groups, working nationwide in the field of rural development since 1980. Sarmistha Lahiri, founder and secretary of Hast Karigar Society, is the project consultant hired by FORRAD to implement the project.
With your help, 28 women weavers of the Flor de Xochitlahuaca will have a new weaving studio and shop to sell their textiles.
When an Amuzgo woman ties her loom to her waist she not only creates a fascinating textile of quality and beauty, but symbolically she recreates the world; writes the history of her ancestors and expresses the cosmology of her culture.
Support the Indiegogo campaign for La Flor de Xochistlahuaca.
A few years ago (Kythzia) Barrera started a non-profit company called Innovating Tradition, and a retail arm to go with it, called Colectivo 1050º. Barrera doesn’t consider herself a ceramicist; a more apt title might be ceramics conservationist, or preservationist. Innovating Tradition and Colectivo 1050º are her institutional efforts to get the “traditional culture” of ceramics out of the jungle, and into the hands of a global audience.
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With your help, 350 girls will be able to attend school learning to read and write in a region where only 53% of women are literate.
The J.B.Singh Girls’ School is located in Kaliyachak village in Hilsa block, Nalanda district. It was opened and run by a local community based organisation, Samaj Kalyan Mandal, in 1999 to cater to the needs of girls who found travelling out of their village to the nearest school 10 km away something that their families were reluctant to permit.
Unfortunately a lack of funding forced the school to shut down in 2009 after... read more
Rachel Faller, founder of tonlé, presented her company at Unreasonable Institute this past summer.read more
According to research from the Inter-American Development Bank, if the creative economy, globally, were a country, it would already be equal to the fourth-largest economy in the world with the fourth-largest workforce and ranking ninth in the value of exports. That’s just the beginning. One advantage of the Information Age is the ability to be able to potentially increase markets for products that have traditionally been sold just locally, or out of a kiosk, or to tourists when they’re coming in. Not anymore. With the internet,... read more
Photo credit: Chirodeep Chaudhuri
Read the full story How to save rhinos? By turning their dung into paper. from PRI's The World.
Two thousand of the world’s 2,500 Asian one-horned rhinos live in this northeastern state of Assam, but the rhino population is dwindling rapidly because of poaching and sprawl. Mahesh Bora says the farmers who live on the edge of the rhino's forest habitat often see them only as a menace to crops, or a cash opportunity with poachers.
“No amount of telling them to save the rhino is actually going to work,”... read more
Read the full commentary "Getting Beyond Hype: Four Questions to Predict Real Impact" from Stanford Social Innovation Review.
...we really do need to sort good ideas from bad, and it ought to happen before we stoke the fires of publicity. At Mulago, we’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out if start-ups with a new “thing”—a product, service, or technology—are likely to create real impact in the lives of the people we’re trying to serve. Over time, we’ve evolved a set of four questions that help us make better predictions.
1. Is it needed?... read more
As investors in impact, we—the Mulago Foundation—don’t want to wade through a bunch of verbiage about “empowerment,” “capacity-building,” and “sustainability”—we want to know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. We want to cut to the chase, and the tool that works for us is the eight-word mission statement. All we want is this:
A verb, a target population, and an outcome that implies something to measure—and we want in eight words or less.
....With a good eight-word mission, you can bypass all that... read more
La Flor de Xochistlahuaca is a story of rescue and preservation, but also one of innovation with the goal to appeal to a broader market and consumer base.
Located in the municipality of Xochistlahuaca in southeastern Guerrero, Mexico. The cooperative was formed in 1969 but legally established on February 19, 2001. Its members, all women, make high-quality textiles, using traditional techniques and designs.
-- Ana Paula Fuentesread more
The combination of mokume and dheu on indigo is like deep blue streams running through your hands. This sensation is reinforced by the softness of textiles touched for weeks by the skilled hands of Bangladeshi artisans, most of whom are women. There is no machine-made stiffness here, but rather the warm presence of people and ancient methods. ... read more
Great to see Goraiya art kits from Avani highlighted in the article and available on www.jaypore.com. Read the full article Initiating Children Into Handmade Crafts and Heritage Art from HAND/EYE.
As the world of play for children continues to be infused with technology-driven stimuli, it has become imperative to introduce them to other unique and engaging forms of play and storytelling. With the repertoire of wonderful traditional and folk art forms of their country at our disposal, there is a wide array of mediums to sensitize children to the... read more
So instead of pouring your marketing budget into advertising or sales channels, try to find the person or group whose lives you significantly change.
-- Tom... read more