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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. 

Aid to Artisan: Building Profitable Craft Businesses

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Aid to Artisan: Building Profitable Craft Businesses

Gina Rogari

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"Aid to Artisans: Building Profitable Craft Businesses" is a 2009 report by USAID for the Business Growth Initiative Project.

Aid to Artisans (ATA) is a nonprofit organization with 33 years of experience in the craft sector working in over 110 countries, having assisted over 125,000 artisans and generated over $230 million in retail sales in the past ten years. Its mission is to create opportunities for low-income artisans around the world to build profitable businesses inspired by handmade traditions. ATA offers access to new markets, business training, eco-effective processes and design innovation through a network of partners to promote sustainable growth and community well-being.

Download the full report here.