The Artisans –  Top: Raphael from Zambia and Manu from Nepal.  Bottom: Sodiqjon from Tajikistan and Rose from Zambia.

Have you heard about The Bootstrap Project? They are a non-profit organization that helps create a sustainable platform to promote and retain old crafts and customs and allowing artisans (usually villagers in remote areas) to get their goods out there, to you and me. By doing so, they help these communities develop and maintain a source of income and potentially end their poverty.  Just a few highlights:

Sodiqjon’s stools

Rose’s Poofs

Raphael’s baskets

People in these communities most often do not want handouts. They are proud, talented and hardworking and its nice to have platforms like these where they can showcase their talents and earn money for their families.



  1. thebookwormgiraffe

    September 1, 2012 at 11:47 am Reply

    oh wow,the puffs are amazing!will try and find some when i go back home to Zambia!well done Rose!!

  2. Mai Musings

    August 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm Reply

    I love traditional & usuable crafts. I always stock up on stuff from the street vendors when I visit home (Haiti).

  3. Amielle

    August 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm Reply

    The puffs and the stools are beautiful! I love the colours and the patterns. thank you so much for sharing.

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