Last spring as shut downs were imposed to manage the outbreak of the coronavirus, artisan enterprises were severely impacted by canceled production orders, workshop closures, limited availability of raw materials and skyrocketing transportation costs. As these and other economic dislocations impacted our partners as well as our own operations, we needed to adjust and assess what we could do to alleviate the disruption both in the near term and for an uncertain future.
In an effort to feel less overwhelmed, we invited friends and colleagues to join us for a series of conversations around what changes we needed to see in the artisan sector to accomplish our goals and to help sustain our partners. Those discussions evolved into a program submission for the Social Capital Markets Virtual conference: The New Frontier of Entrepreneurship and Impact Investment: Reimagining the Potential of the Artisan Sector.
Two additional initiatives came together as our planning and discussions evolved over the summer: one with Athena Global Alliance to invest in their BIDUK Indonesia lending program, and the other with Realize Impact to establish the Realize Impact-Sprout Enterprise Artisan Fund (R.I.S.E. Artisan) to support small and early-stage artisan enterprises with the potential to grow.
We will be highlighting our collaborators in developing these initiatives here, and offering you access to additional programming developed in our spring discussions. We are also asking for your support.
Explore our portfolio of impact opportunities. We invite you to invest your philanthropic and investment capital in these opportunities. To learn more, or to be introduced to these enterprises, please contact Ellen Fish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'd like to thank the many individuals who joined our conversations, shared their insight and experiences and are working with us to craft new strategies for the road ahead:
Priya Krishnamoorthy, 200 Million Artisans
Nureen Das, The Artesan Gateway
Dr. Audrey Selian, Artha Impact
Rashmi Bharti, Avani
Annie Waterman, AOW Handmade
Mireia Lopez, Blinded By Color Project
Karen Gibbs, By Hand Consulting
Colvin English, By Hand Consulting
Ana Paula Fuentes, CADA Foundation
Kirsten White, CoDesign Abroad
Kythzia Barrera, Colectivo 1050º
Luciana Jabur, DEED Lab, Parsons
Cynthia Lawson Jamarillo, DEED Lab, Parsons
Luni Libes, Fledge
Afshan Abbas, Fuchsia Shoes
Sahar Ghaheri, Grey Area Collective
Keith Recker, HAND/EYE Magazine
Hemendra Sharma, Kala Swaraj Foundation
Petra Valentocá, Imprinted Story
Smita Paul, Indigo Handloom
Eliza Barbarczy, Itza Wood
Mary-Moore Cathcart, Kitchen + Goods
Heather O’Neill, Mushmina
Joellen Nicholson, Nicholson Consulting
Juhi Pandey, Nila House
Hedvig Alexander, Powered By People
Richa Agarwal, Pratt
Victoria Kirk-Owal, Protagonist Studio
Harper Poe, Proud Mary
Sreejith Nedumpally, Rope International
Sonica Sarna, Sonica Sarna Design
Ellen Fish, Sprout Enterprise®
Tanvi Bikhchandani, Tamarind Chutney
Charanya Shekar, Tamarind Chutney
Rachel Faller, tonlé
Nivedita Rai, WomenWeave
Salime Harp Cruces, Xaquixe
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