Indian office of the Ford Foundation was established in
1952. It was the first office to be established outside
the United States. The foundation works with a wide
range of partners, with a focus on helping India's civil
society find local solutions to challenges of poverty
and injustice. The Ford Foundation has been supporting
AIACA to connect craft producers to mainstream markets
in a commercially sustainable manner, study the
feasibility of a bridge loan fund, create an impact
assessment system and build institutional capacity of
crafts group in India.
European Commission is one of the world's biggest aid donors. The Switch Asia
project funded by the European Commission seeks to promote sustainable
production and consumption projects in Asia. AIACA, in partnership with
Traidcraft UK and Consortium of Textile Exporters, Jaipur has received a grant
under the Switch Asia Project to explore environmental and health and safety
issues related to the crafts and textile sector in India. The overall objective
of the project is to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life among
artisans in the crafts and textile industry in India.
Ebay Foundation contributes to the economic and social well-being of local
communities by engaging eBay employees in charitable giving and volunteerism.
Through eBay Foundation GIVE Teams, employees are directly involved in
recommending grants to deserving causes in their communities and around the
is India's largest private platform for products that are made from traditional
techniques, skills and hand-based processes. Over the last 50 years, Fabindia
has linked over 40,000 craft based rural producers to modern urban markets,
creating a base for skilled, sustainable rural employment, and preserving
India's traditional handicrafts in the process. Fabindia has been a strong
supporter of AIACA from its inception and was one its earliest donors.
RBS Foundation India (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group) supports organizations that work on enhancing livelihood opportunities for vulnerable and underprivileged communities in India. The Foundation lays a special focus on communities living in fragile ecosystems so as to both increase incomes of the poor and enhance environmental sustainability. With RBS support, AIACA is working to connect crafts producers in the poor tribal clusters of Wayanad (Kerala), Nilgiris (Tamil Nadu), and Sitlingi (Tamil Nadu) to mainstream markets. Key project activities include streamlining operations, value chain mapping and gap analysis, production planning and unit setup, supply chain linkages, and marketing and sales. The project will provide alternative sources of income generation, promote sustainable utilization of natural resources and reduce forest dependency.
DORABJI TATA TRUST: The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, one of the
oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations in India, was established in
1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata with the prime purpose of encouraging learning and
research in the country, of meeting costs of relief during crises and calamities
and of carrying out worthwhile charitable activities. AIACA has received a grant
from the trust under the theme of Natural Resource Management and Rural
Livelihood. The grant supports the Enterprise Support program which aims to
provide business development and capacity building solutions to craft based
enterprises thus promoting sustainable livelihoods for artisans.