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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. 


Artisan Loan Program

artisan loan program

Loans up to $20,000 tailored to artisan businesses

THE artisan alliance + KIVA

Kiva is the world's first online crowd-lending platform, connecting entrepreneurs around the world with over one million individual lenders. Leveraging the Internet and a global network of Field Partners (including the Alliance), Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 each to help create opportunity. Hundreds of people fund each loan on the Kiva website. 

In partnership with Kiva, the Artisan Alliance offers tailored artisan business loans up to $20,000 USD at 0% interest. Artisan businesses are often overlooked by traditional lenders; Kiva allows these entrepreneurs to bypass banks and secure capital to buy raw materials, access international markets, invest in equipment and training, and more. 

program impact

The Artisan Alliance has funded 33 loans for artisan businesses on the Kiva platform, raising $298,500 from individual Kiva lenders. Every artisan business loan has been repaid in full. Program participants have utilized loans to buy raw materials, fulfill large purchase orders, construct improved workshops, and attend the prestigious International Folk Art Market

  • $298,500 USD raised from individual Kiva lenders

  • 33 loans funded on Kiva

  • 19,000+ artisans supported

  • 100% repayment rate

  • Average loan size $8,759 USD

  • Average loan term 11 months

  • 13 countries represented

Members, are you interested in participating in the Artisan Loan Program? Find additional details and complete an application in our member portal! For more information, do not hesitate to reach out to