Posted by: Len
International Women’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on the example set by Surayia and the women of Arshi. Talent, creativity, and lots of dedication and hard work allowed them to build much better futures for themselves and their families. Artisan enterprises like Arshi employ significant numbers of people — primarily women — around the world, and are an important source of income that permits self-sufficiency.
It is good to see that my former employer, the U.S. State Department, has joined with other like-minded institutions to establish the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise. I hope this initiative helps to focus attention on artisans worldwide, today and during Women’s History Month, and also that it helps convince people to support living artists and to buy the handmade goods that they produce.