Aid to Artisans Preps Iraqi Craft Makers
April 27, 2009,
International micro-economy support organization Aid to Artisans (ATA) has held its first internet-based sales training session, this one with several Iraqi women entrepreneurs, through the U.S. State Department.
ATA said it already has helped set up sourcing to U.S. retailers including Williams-Sonoma, which offers silk pillows through ATA partner Craftmark, an Indian company.
On its online catalog, ATA currently features home décor products such as indigo table runners from El Salvador, offered at $28, and blockprint tablecloths ($38) and dec pillows ($40) from India.
But the main mission of the charity is helping small-scale crafts makers to organize and gain access to global markets.
To raise awareness and funds, ATA will hold its seventh annual gala on May 14. One of the honorees will be Williams-Sonoma division west elm. The event will be at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York; for information call ATA: Lynn McCary at (212) 629-8748, Alex Kuzma (860) 756-5550, ext. 450 or Roksolana Luchkan (ext. 405).