We helped say goodbye to 2016 in the company of some of the greatest allies we have in the artisan movement – at the Handmade is Human meeting at the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise in Washington D.C. in December. The day’s agenda included content covering artisan story, finance and the role the sector can play in addressing the struggle of refugees around the world. As usual, the day was full of inspiration, ideation and the opportunity to recognize the work being done by so many organizations in so many countries, to elevate artisan goods.

Here's Nina Weissberg of the Weissberg Foundation sharing her "Big Idea" for the Artisan Sector.


Sasa Designs was thrilled to share our award-winning film with some of the newer members of the Alliance, and our President, Megan MacDonald, also participated in a panel about a major project underway to create a donor-advised fund for artisan financing. Megan will also be utilizing a tool created by the Alliance, in partnership with support from the US Department of State and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, to guide our artisan partners through an innovation workshop later this Spring. We can’t wait to offer our artisans exposure to the larger market they are part of, and help them understand more about the role they play in offering consumers ethical shopping and fashion choices.

Megan on the panel "UNLOCKING ECONOMIC VALUE IN THE ARTISAN SECTOR" alongside Mathew Gamser of the International Finance Corporation
Megan with Simone Cipriani of the Ethical Fashion Initiative

Participating in the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise has been a great opportunity for Sasa Designs, and we encourage all of our retail and wholesale partners and customers to explore the work they’re doing to help people #chooseartisan and recognize that #handmadeishuman!

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