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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 

2016 Alliance Impact Report

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2016 Alliance Impact Report

Gina Rogari

2016 has proved the most impactful and exciting year yet for the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise! We are so grateful for your passion for the artisan sector and dedication to driving more resources and recognition to artisan businesses around the world. 

The Alliance community grew from 55 to 128 members working in 108 countries across the globe. We released a member survey and updated our membership structure, reducing annual fees and improving member communications and benefits. We funded our largest loan to-date on Kiva, and began offering loans up to $20,000 USD with 0% interest, and transformed the Artisan Value Chain Toolkit into the Artisan Innovation Workshop. The Alliance hosted the Global Showcase at TEDWomen and Handmade is Human, and shared learnings at other key events around the world!

Read about all our 2016 activities and impact here.