Proceeding from UN strategy the next 10 years were declared as the period for small farmers development. Major goals are reducing poverty and improving global food security. Small family farming, besides of poverty and food control, can also be a key to reaching some global goals: gender equality, good health and well-being, sustainable community growth, […]
The artisan sector is the second-largest employer in the developing world after agriculture, worth over $32 billion every year according to the Artisan Alliance. Artisan activity creates jobs, increases local incomes, and preserves cultural traditions that in many places are at risk of being lost. Over 65% of artisan activity takes place in developing economies.
The majority of artisans are small producers – often women – working informally which too often means this is an overlooked, undervalued and underfunded economic sector with still untapped potential.
Sprout Enterprise® is a network of social entrepreneurs, artisans and designers creating new business models in the artisan sector to generate economic opportunities for marginalized or underserved communities.
We seek radical change at a systemic level to:
- Elevate the value of creative, artisan-based enterprises as drivers of sustainable economic and community development:
- Restructure the financing and funding of these enterprises; and
- Ensure more equitable and inclusive benefit for all stakeholders.
This project is an evolving collaboration among those who are redesigning business models based on:
- Sustainable and ethical business practices
- Skills development and training to increase sales and profitability for producers
- Revenue or profit sharing with producers
- Revitalization, revaluation and representation of traditional crafts and cultural heritage
- Shared ownership structures around brand, design and story
We are frustrated by the structural barriers to the growth and expansion of our initiatives — whether lack of appropriate capital and resources; mis-alignment with market demand; unsustainable cost structures; lack of external infrastructure; inequitable business models; or other challenges. These challenges are systemic in nature – and we seek radical change in the sector.
For SoCap Virtual, Sprout Enterprise® will host a series of interviews, panels and online learning opportunities to elevate craft as an economic sector with significant investment opportunity:
- A series of interviews with entrepreneurs and impact investors exploring what works and what doesn’t in building businesses in this sector with a live fireside chat during SoCap Virtual; Annie Waterman, AOW Handmade, brings her curiosity and extensive experience in ethical sourcing, storytelling, creative marketing, and business mentoring to this series of interviews with purpose-driven social brands in the artisan sector.
- A two-part, interactive panel during SoCap Virtual examining the approaches being used with engagement of the SoCap audience via live Q&A; Nureen Das of Artesan Gateway and Priya Krishnamoorthy of 200millionartisans.com moderate this discussion with entrepreneurs and investors in the artisan sector to understand the sector’s potential; why it presents an opportunity for investors and funders to shift their portfolios toward greater impact; and what are some of the pioneering ideas and models that are reimagining the potential for artisan-based enterprises.
- A introductory session to online learning modules which help artisan-based enterprises develop their business and marketing strategies, and connect successfully with international buyers; Karen Gibbs and Colvin English of By Hand Consulting draw on more than 20 years in the field to lead this workshop for entrepreneurs building artisan-based enterprises.
- A curated, virtual showroom presenting the entrepreneurs, designers and artisans bringing these new business approaches to handmade apparel and home goods; Mireia Lopez, Blinded By Color Project, will bring her design aesthetic and experience to bear in presenting an evolving selection of co-designed, handmade collections.
- A virtual exhibition introducing the context and cultural heritage of the craft communities engaged with our network through stories, photographs and videos; Ana Paula Fuentes, CADA Foundation, layers color and community in an inspirational series of photographic images of artisans, their crafts and their communities in southern Mexico.
Craft is the original circular economy.
The craft story is so much more than ethical sourcing for global brands. It’s the re-invention of craft – as a reflection of local resources, local culture and community – in a collective and contemporary framework for local communities as much as it is for a global audience.
This craft story is in many ways what the story of craft has always been – of making use of waste, left over or found materials, of design and innovation to perform the alchemy of material transformation into a product of function and beauty, of expressing and sharing our cultural and community values, and of telling our stories.
This is the next generation of craft. Join us in appreciating its value and elevating the artisan sector of the creative economy.
Priya Krishnamoorthy, 200 Million Artisans
Nureen Das, The Artesan Gateway
Rashmi Bharti, Avani
Annie Waterman, AOW Handmade
Laerke Skyum, Ayni
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
Interview series & fireside chat: Annie Waterman, AOW Handmade
Workshop: Karen Gibbs and Colvin English, By Hand Consulting
Investor panelist: Alejandra Luzardo, Inter-American Development Bank
- "The World's Most Ignored Start Ups: Why Our Innovation Ecosystems Are Failing Creative Entrepreneurs," Priya Krishnamoorthy
- "Creativity & The Arts, An Emerging Impact Investment Theme" Cornerstone Capital Group
- 200 Million Artisans
- The Artesan Gateway
- Artha Impact
- Avani (on Google Arts & Culture)
- Avani (Yale School of Management Case Study)
- Ayni (Fledge investor presentation)
- Fuchsia Shoes (Fledge investor presentation)
- HAND/EYE Magazine
- "IKEA + Social Entrepreneurs: Our Partners from India Visit Sweden" (video interview with Neelam Chhiber)
- Indigo Handloom (brand video)
- Itza Wood (brand video)
- Powered By People
- tonlé (Unreasonable Institute investor presentation)
- Xaquixe: Cooking Oil from Waste to Energy (video)