Creating Sustainable Jobs for Artisans Worldwide • We are on a mission to revolutionize charity as we build a long-term solution for families living in extreme poverty throughout the world through a multi-dimensional approach.
We are currently focusing our efforts in Uganda, Africa. We are partnered with local business ArtisanApparel-Uganda in Gulu, Northern Uganda to elevate their potential by providing sewing machines, new materials, fabrics, mentoring, creative consulting and connecting fashion buyer relationships in country and internationally.
The Artisan Global Entrepreneur Program allows for an accelerated learning and an alternate route to employment for individuals who are economically disadvantaged. Our Entrepreneur Program provides mentorship, business training and covers the cost of the supplies to provide a new dignified work opportunity for an Artisan. Since Fall of 2018, Artisan Entrepreneurs are being mentored in Basket Weaving, Business Management, Yoga/Wellness and Fashion Design/Tailoring.
Artisan Workspaces are a new concept that we created that provides a multi-purpose space for impact, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our first Artisan Workspace will be launched in Gulu, Uganda in 2020.
The workspace features a creative design studio, innovative media lab, vocational business programs, wellness studio and co-working space. The fully designed Artisan Gulu Workspace includes the community’s and the Artisan’s invaluable input in the entire construction of the workspace and programs.
Within the first year the Artisan Workspace can provide over 100 job opportunities in Gulu.
We are committed to developing regional and international partnerships to ensure the brands and artisan businesses we work with have access to consistent and sustainable work.
Thus far, we have supported ArtisanApparel-Uganda in developing six international partnerships (one in Kampala, Uganda, three in South Carolina, one in Pennsylvania, and one in Canada). We plan to expand partnerships and production when the Artisan Gulu Workspace opens. We are committed to creating partnerships that promote fair wages, ethical working conditions and full collaboration with the artisans.
We work with existing artisan businesses to recognize new opportunities, improve structures, and develop sustainable solutions. The creative consulting services we offer helps artisan businesses implement self-sustainable plans and rapidly increases employment in communities.
Case study: We are creating new business structures in Uganda (ex: Artisan Workspace) to increase product inventory, advertising, brand awareness, the design and renovation of spaces, and provide sustainable work for artisans right in their own community.