Aid to Artisans (ATA), an international nonprofit organization, is a recognized leader in economic development for the craft sector. By linking artisans to new markets and buyers to culturally meaningful and innovative products, ATA provides needed economic opportunities to artisans to build profitable craft businesses.
Since our founding in 1976, we have worked in over 110 countries uniting a global community of artisans, organizations, development experts, retailers, design industry leaders, business trainers, and supporters. Over 30,000 artisans a year participate in our programs.
We do not work alone. In addition to partnering with businesses and organizations to implement our services and ensure sustainability for artisans, we rely on the generous support of a range of public and private sector partners and many individuals for funding.
WHAT WE DO
We create economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk.
We blend a passion for the deep-rooted cultures and handmade traditions of the developing world with a commitment to building profitable businesses. Environmentally sound practices are at the foundation of our methodology. We recognize that we can only bring lasting economic growth if we provide an integrated approach to product development, business skills training, market access and eco-effective processes.
We accomplish this by working together with partners in the countries where we work and in the markets we connect artisans with, leaving behind an infrastructure that continues to support the artisan community long after we complete our mentoring.
The real impact of ATA's work shows in generating new sales and linking to new markets. We believe it is critical to create new products with market appeal and to ensure that our production methods are eco-effective and can sustain these new products. Our marketing objective is simple: Link artisans to new markets and ensure those links can continue growing well beyond ATA's involvement.
Whether we are working in a classroom setting, in the field with artisans, or in a customized training, we always focus on building the capacity of artisans to compete in the global marketplace. Our training is world renowned for providing trend forward market information to assure that our participants can sustain their competitive edge.
Innovative and competitive products emerge from the collaboration between market-savvy designers and creative and inspirational artisans.
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