The project focuses on establishing a robust certification system through research and direct interventions called ‘Craftmark Green’, which will cater to producers, buyers, consumers, and the crafts industry as a whole.
Developing Craftmark Green has completed its two years of intervention. Funded by RBS, AIACA has met its targets under each milestone; Research and documentation, identifying the potential clusters, cluster assessment under the green indicators, identifying and strategising green applications and interventions, partnering with local facilitating organisations, technical and knowledge experts.
Some of the key objectives:
Some of the key pilot interventions have been in water conservation, effluent treatment, safe water disposal and cleaner & efficient use of energy.
The project has impacted the states of Rajasthan and Odisha through direct interventions in 8-10 villages with green technologies of Rooftop rainwater harvesting for leather and textile clusters in Rajasthan and that of alternate rat trap furnaces in Dhokra clusters of Odisha.
AIACA partnered with the CSR initiative of Nabha Power Limited is working on issues for socio-economic upliftment in 49 villages at Rajpura, Punjab. As a technical resource agency, AIACA undertook a scoping study in NPL project areas, focusing on artisan skilling and enterprise support. The study’s basic premise is to undertake a technical feasibility assessment for these areas because fostering craft-based livelihoods is a strategic way of building sustainable livelihood options, especially for women, and opens up the conversation around other developmental issues within these communities.
The key objectives were: