With the objective to help develop sustainable
businesses based on craft livelihoods through integrated
interventions, AIACA, in collaboration with Access
Development Services, has been engaged with DC
(Handicrafts) under its BAHVY (Baba Saheb Ambedkar
Hastashilp Vikas Yojana) Scheme to develop craft
clusters spread across 8 states - Himachal Pradesh,
Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Chattisgarh, Sikkim, Assam,
Nagaland, and Tripura.
The objective is to develop these craft clusters
through various interventions such as trainings,
capacity building, product and design development,
infrastructure, financial linkages, institutional
design, and marketing support.
As a first step, diagnostic studies have been undertaken and business plans
prepared along with artisan profiling. These would be presented to the DC
(Handicrafts) to plan the implementation phase. The diagnostic studies look at
the craft production processes in detail, map the value chains and role of
various actors in the value chain including raw material suppliers, master
craftsmen, traders and other marketing intermediaries.