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export sales so that additional disadvantaged artisans can improve their economic and social conditions. Profit from sales is used for producer development programs, staff welfare and organizational strengthening.  

    Pictured: Ganga Chakradhar creates unique ceramic gifts and home

    décor items. When you shop Unique World Gifts, you may find pashmina
    and silk scarves, ceramics, bags, carved mirrors, games and garlands
    from Sana Hastakala.​

Artisan Spotlight

Fair Trade provides under employed and unemployed artisans with an opportunity to earn vital income and improve their quality of life by establishing a sustainable market for their handcrafted products. When you purchase Fair Trade products, you help these craftspeople - the overwhelming majority of which are women - become self reliant and encourage social reform.

Ten Thousand Villages Partner Sana Hastakala 
Sana Hastakala, is a nonprofit export organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. They work to preserve the rich artistic skill and traditions of Nepali artisans while providing interest-free loans, training and marketing assistance to artisans. The group represents some 1,000 artisans from more than 100 groups in rural areas outside Kathmandu.  Eighty percent of the artisans are women; most artisans are uneducated. Sana Hastakala strives to increase its


Ten Thousand Villages Partner OTICART International Limited
In 1995 Claytone Ombasyi, a Christian businessman in Nairobi, Kenya, started OTIC. With his professional experience in exporting and marketing, Ombasyi wanted to help local artisans connect with export markets. Today, OTIC provides export, packaging and quality control support for a number of small workshops in and around Nairobi. Depending on their circumstances, these small groups offer advantages including training in wood carving and short-term, no interest loans.

Pictured: Samuel Macharia crafts galimotos and other wire crafts. You may find a variety of OTIC push toys, carved wooden animals, carved bone items, ceramic pots, pop-up animals, musical instruments and nativities at UWG.

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