Community | People
All around the world, handmade products are produced by many different people. However, not every creative artisan labourer is given equal opportunity for work and profit.
After a brief talk with Angélica Elisa, of a Handmade Startup, she made the following on the nature of artisan labour:
“Artisans have a really huge problem when we are talking about international scale, and also with big chains that sometimes buy and distribute the product with no fair price.”
With the internet becoming a prime location for communication, trade and partnerships, these handicrafters in developing countries should be able to find a fair partnership with clients in the west. Regardless of whether they are a big chain or a small business.
Yet, western societies and businesses have not figured out a way to sustainably support these handicrafters.
But what can you do as a business to solve this problem? And why should you even care about this issue as a business?
Let’s first start by discussing the current situation of the handicrafts sector in developing countries and then we will look at why you should do something about it as a business and what exactly you can do.