Bridging data gap to facilitate sustainable livelihood for artisans in India
Lack of authentic and relevant data on the craft sector in India has lead to information poverty gap among stakeholders including artisans. This data gap doesn't allow systemic facilitation among artisans and stakeholders in craft sector to unlock business opportunities and sustainable direct market access for artisans.
Lack of direct market access, relevant capacity support to artisan communities and craft sector is leading to unsustainable livelihood of artisans who are choosing to move out of the craft sector.
The solution to above challenges is a systemic approach by providing authentic data on stakeholders from the craft ecosystem with relevant facilitation. We are bridging the existing information poverty gap by a three step process.
Crafting Future is in process defining outcomes and long term impact defined at each stage of mapping, platform and facilitation respectively.
Discovery & exchange of local innovation among artisan communities and craft organisations.
New market linkages for local artisan groups within local and regional markets.
Connect artisans for employment/ sustainable livelihood opportunities with local craft organisations.
The largest data bank globally on artisans
Artisans connecting directly with market players for business opportunities.
Artisans accessing quality & reasonable raw material suppliers to save costs & increase income
Market players connecting directly with artisans to unlock new product and market opportunities
Bridging information poverty gap by public access across stakeholders
DATA BASED FACILITATION
Data based capacity support to artisans for sustainable livelihood opportunities.
Market player facilitation to aid business growthf or the sector
Data shared with Govt. to influence policy
Robust ecosystem collaboration for sustainable livelihood of artisans in India
PROTOTYPE STAGE ONE
Development of mobile app for data collection with user centric approach for rural and semi-urban regions in India.
UNDP funded 4 district mapping of Bodo Tribal area in Assam: Kokrajhar, Chirang, Udalguri & Baksa in November, 2018.
All artisans working in the handloom and handicraft sector in the respective areas were mapped.
The data collection was done door to door across all villages and districts.
PROTOTYPE STAGE TWO
Social Venture Partners Bengaluru funded the mapping of Bellary district in Karnataka.
Phase 2 explores a different geographical and cultural context for moonlighting challenges and logistics involved in mapping.
The mapping of 565 villages will be done across the district over a month.
We will be mapping all artisans, markets, raw material suppliers & ecosystem facilitators in the target district.
Mapped 9000+ artisans with an initial estimate of 4000 artisans from local org. in four districts of Assam state in India.
Developed craft sector focused data architecture for data collection on artisans, market players, raw material suppliers, craft clusters and craft organisation.
Mobile app for data collection on field and standardising training for data collectors.
CRAFTING FUTURE TEAM
ADVISOR & MENTORS
Ms. Jaya Jaitly : Board of Advisor, Dastaakar Haat Samiti
Anjana Kaul : Mentor, SVP partner
Rajamani Sashi : Mentor, SVP partner
Judy Frater : Mentor, Somaya Kala Vidyalaya
Dr. Sudha Dhingra : Mentor, NIFT
Achyutha Sharma : Sulochana Development Trust
Prototype Funding Partners