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30 Artisan-Supporting Businesses

From Kenyan Art Clinics to Opportunity-Generating Accessories

— February 10, 2012 — Social Good
Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, the overtake of factory-made goods of all kinds has meant that artisan-supporting businesses are somewhat of a rarity. Especially now that cheap labor almost always moves to China and India, other small-scale handicraft entrepreneurs are left in the dust.

But there's been a resurgence, coupled with a nostalgia for simpler times, perhaps, of handmade goods from all over the globe. This SocialBusiness.org top list of artisan-supporting businesses showcases some of the companies who are making people a priority, rather than profit.

The result is a selection of products that, in the end, don't sacrifice quality or livelihood for cheap labor. From Kenyan art clinics to opportunity-generating accessories and online ethical retailers, artisan-supporting businesses are where it's at.
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Socially Responsible Textiles
Socially Responsible Textiles
Proud Mary Provides Artisan Materials in Developing Nations
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Sustaining Rural Development
Sustaining Rural Development
Barefoot College Supports Professionals in the Majority World
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28
Community-Focused Palestinian Produce
Community-Focused Palestinian Produce
Zaytoun Imports Organic and Fair Trade Products
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27
Empowering Recycled Bowls
Empowering Recycled Bowls
This Crockery from Bundu Designs is African-Inspired
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26
Cultural Clothing Tours
Cultural Clothing Tours
Verdes y Colores is the Vision of Sustainable Retail and Fashion
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25
Capacity-Building Artisan Groups
Capacity-Building Artisan Groups
The Nest Maiyet Partnership Creates Positive Impact (UPDATE)
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24
Ethical African-Inspired Gifts
Ethical African-Inspired Gifts
Bundu Works with a Support Group for HIV-Positive Women in Malawi
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23
Corporate Gifting for Good
Corporate Gifting for Good
Handcrafted Gifts from Zoe Alliance Offer Ethical Employment
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22
Soulful Business Solutions
Soulful Business Solutions
Yoga Company 'I AM.' Sees Itself as an Idea and Not a Brand
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21
Opportunity-Generating Accessories
Opportunity-Generating Accessories
'Hands Up Not Handouts' Uses Business for Positive Change
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Charitable Animal Sculptures
Charitable Animal Sculptures
The Bundu Designs Rhinos are Made from Wire
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19
Ethical Silk Scarves
Ethical Silk Scarves
‘Cambodian Threads’ Gives School Supplies to Impoverished Kids
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18
Vibrant Fair Trade Products
Vibrant Fair Trade Products
Global Mamas Helps Ghana-Based Artisan Reach New Markets
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17
Kenyan Art Clinics
Kenyan Art Clinics
The Bombolulu Workshops & Cultural Centre Empowers Artisans of All Abilities
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16
Psychedelic Handmade Belts
Psychedelic Handmade Belts
The Andean Collection is a Vivid and Ethical Line of Fashion
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15
Traceable Empowerment Fashion
Traceable Empowerment Fashion
The IOU Project Employs Artisans in India and Shares their Stories
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14
Apparel Against Slavery
Apparel Against Slavery
'Stop Traffick Fashion' Supports Artisans Through Income and Resources
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13
Edgy Fashion Co-Ops
Edgy Fashion Co-Ops
Fair Trade 'Of Rags' Combines NYC Style with Ghanaian Fashion
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12
Cow-Print Cushions
Cow-Print Cushions
Deep Dark Africa Creates Simple Fair Trade Home Design
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11
Culturally Relevant Luggage
Culturally Relevant Luggage
Ethnotek Creates Bags Using Direct Fabric Trade
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10
Human-Oriented Handicrafts
Human-Oriented Handicrafts
Tekoha Promotes Sustainable Development for Brazilian Artisans
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9
Abuse-Free Indian Carpets
Abuse-Free Indian Carpets
Jaipur Rugs Creates Tantalizing Products for You to Happily Walk On
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8
Fashionable Fair Trade Apparel (UPDATE)
Fashionable Fair Trade Apparel (UPDATE)
Indego Africa Gives Artisans a Protected Place to Create
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7
Fair Trade Peruvian Handcrafts
Fair Trade Peruvian Handcrafts
Sanyork Promotes Artisans in a Poor Community of Lima
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6
Online Ethical Retailers
Online Ethical Retailers
SERRV Alleviates Poverty by Supporting Artisans from Around the World
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5
Peace Pillows
Peace Pillows
Oimei Co. is a Fair Trade Business Re-Investing Profits in Peacebuilding Initiatives
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4
Socially Conscious Packaging
Socially Conscious Packaging
Level Ground Trading Re-Sealable Bags Take You Back to the Fields
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3
Zulugrass Jewelry
Zulugrass Jewelry
The Leakey Collection Employs Women in the The Rift Valley, Kenya
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2
Fair Trade Ugandan Goods
Fair Trade Ugandan Goods
One Mango Tree's Clothing and Accessories Have a Beautiful Story
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1
Hand-Dyed Ikat Handbags
Hand-Dyed Ikat Handbags
Push Pull Cambodia is a Social Enterprise with a Sense of Style
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