Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: February 13, 2012, 4:04 PM
MarketPlace:Handwork of India is a nonprofit social enterprise and fair trade organization dedicated to increasing economic opportunities for women artisans in India, and empowering them to bring about changes in their lives, the lives of their families and their communities. Since MarketPlace began in 1986, women who were formerly unemployed, "unemployable" or desperately underemployed have been building new lives around rewarding work, educational opportunities and social support. Over this period, MarketPlace has developed, refined and expanded its model of supported self-help, which involves the artisans directly at all levels of decision-making as they form and manage their own independent cooperatives.