the africa craft trust
The Africa Craft Trust is a Southern African non-profit organization implementing craft development programs. It offers a wide range of services to craft sector stakeholders and implements innovative, ground-breaking and effective regional programmes that generate sustainable business for craft entrepreneurs.
The Trust was first established in 1998 as an Aid to Artisans(an American-based non-profit organisation operating since 1976) field office. It was registered in 2005 as Aid to Artisans South Africa Trust(ATASA Trust) and in September 2010 it went independent from its founding organisation and became The Africa Craft Trust.
The Trust was registered as a result of ATA's 2001 Pan-African Artisans Enterprise Development(PAED) program, which was funded through a USAID Matching Grant award. The overall goal of that program was to strengthen urban craft enterprises' business and marketing capacities to meet global market demands, with marketable products, quality, on-time deliveries, competitive prices and excellent customer service; therby increasing sales, improving livelihoods and creating employment. This successful program, which ran from 2001 and ended in September 2006, spread across Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa. Matching grant funding came from, amongst others, the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg foundation.
The Africa Craft Trust implements programs which enable the growth of commercially viable craft enterprises and invests in the holistic support of crafters and the sector.
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