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Artisans comprise the largest percentage of informal laborers worldwide. According to the United Nations, nearly 90 percent of all women in developing countries are engaged in some form of artisanal activity throughout the year, though only a fraction receive remuneration for their effort.


Craft production is an important source of income and stability for thousands of people living in isolated or impoverished areas. It employs local people, uses local resources, and fosters development from the grassroots up.

Centuries-old designs and techniques are an integral part of an indigenous people's cultural identity and survival. Keeping craft traditions alive strengthens pride in one's heritage, and provides an incentive to preserve and sustain disappearing cultures.

Building on local resources reduces migration to urban centers and strengthens communities. Furthermore, our research shows that women artisans tend to reinvest their earnings into healthcare and education for themselves and their families. Crafts are a means to develop decent labor conditions and fair trade practices.

Women's Empowerment
Because crafts are often traditionally produced by women, developing crafts production contributes to women's economic independence and social empowerment.

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