HANDICRAFT

Parting from the support I have received, I learned techniques of review, calculation, dyeing and gluing of threads. Thanks to all this, I managed to contribute in the diversification and improvement of the quality of my products.

OVIDIA CARDONA JIMÉNEZ, ARTISAN WEAVER

WHO WE ARE

We are a FUNDAP program that was constituted in 1991, which seeks to strengthen the productive and business capacity of the artisanal and organized manufacturing sector that has a low level of competitiveness; through the formulation, negotiation, and execution of projects of productive economic development and links to opportunities of commercial support, with attachment to the respect for the dignity of the people. Its existence is justified because it is an important income activity for producers and their families and also contributes to the preservation of the identity and culture of the people.

WHAT WE DO

We support the development of producer organizations through services of: advice and accompaniment, productive technical assistance, business and commercial assistance, design and development of new product collections, strengthening of social organization and interpersonal, business, and productive training. All with the purpose of promoting the development of the artisanal sector.

HOW WE WORK

• Stimulating and favoring the social organization of producers as a means to achieve self-development.
• Strengthening the business self-management capacity of artisan and manufacturing producers.
• Improving productive capacity at the level of artisanal manufacturing organizations to increase their level of competitiveness.
• Achieving the diversification of product lines through constant innovation, to meet the needs of customers.
• Positioning the different products of the organizations in the national and international markets to generate employment and income.

The covered territory has an extension of 16,244 Km2 (6,271.84 square miles), which represents 14.9% of the national territory.

Results of 2017

0
PEOPLE

were assisted through the Handicraft Program

0
COLABORATORS

comprise the Handicraft Program team

0
PEOPLE

trained in Community Leadership

0
MEMBERS

of an organization received equipment for handicraft production

0
PEOPLE

took business management courses

0
ARTISANS

received support for the promotion and marketing of their products

0
ARTISANS

received productive technical assistance

ACTIONS

Handicraft Program
Entrepreneurial and Human Training
Consists of training the craftsman from the interpersonal, business, and producer perspectives, through training events that can be workshops, technical training, talks, tours, exchange of experiences, related to the perspectives already indicated. These initiatives may last for a number of hours or even days depending on their nature.
Social Organization
Consists of supporting producers interested in organizing themselves to collectively overcome their production and marketing problems. Subsequently, the project supports the strengthening of organizations to meet their founding objectives.
Business Management
This supports the strengthening of business management and consists of accompanying the leaders of the organizations and their associates, for the development of the business vision that materializes the ideas of its foundation, promoting that they function as community development companies.
Leadership Training Diploma
Consists of training members of the beneficiary communities (men and women) with a specialized diploma in leadership for community development, with a duration of 10 months of training that concludes with the presentation of a community development plan for their own community.
Commercial and Productive Reinforcement
Consists of supporting the producers of the organizations with specialized technical assistance for the improvement of the quality of the finished products and the diversification thereof, and promoting the producers in their individuality at the level of the organization. They are also linked to the market and their products are sold directly through a specialized company owned by the organizations and the Foundation (INNOVA).