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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. 

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Innovative Financing

Innovative Financing

A key barrier to the growth, stability and scale of artisan businesses is a lack of access to appropriate financing. Traditional lenders do not generally view artisan businesses as economically viable. To address this issue, the Alliance runs an Innovative Financing program for artisan businesses, including a pioneering Artisan Loan Program in partnership with Kiva. Learn more about our financing programs below. 

Financing mechanisms for artisan businesses: