Friends of Tilonia, Inc is building a network of artisans, designers, and entrepreneurs creating sustainable livelihoods for rural communities with few economic alternatives.
We draw on the rich cultural heritage of these communities and use indigenous skills and materials to craft our artisan collections. Artisans earn supplemental income through sewing, needlework, embroidery, tie-dying, block printing and weaving. Designs and production methods draw on Indian craft traditions that are centuries old but create modern opportunities for these rural women. We connect these artisan enterprises to new markets and provide the support needed to ensure the enterprises are successful and sustainable.
Our goal is to enable these artisans to earn much more than the bare minimum - and to develop the economic basis to live in dignity, free from hunger and extreme poverty.
Friends of Tilonia, Inc. is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides marketing and business development assistance to the artisan enterprises affiliated with the Barefoot College, in Tilonia, Rajasthan, India. For more than 40 years, the Barefoot College has been working to address basic needs of the rural poor by engaging rural communities in the processes that impact their lives and creating local advocates for rainwater harvesting, clean energy, girls' education and economic opportunities for rural women.
Friends of Tilonia works with the Barefoot College to develop direct sales and marketing channels for the artisans of TiloniaÂ® in the U.S and abroad. This online store, www.Tilonia.com is operated by a team of Barefoot e-commerce managers based in Tilonia in partnership with the Friends of Tilonia, Inc.
The Barefoot College promotes rural craft production to address the lack of employment in rural areas. Assistance in improving designs and production techniques, the creation of marketing outlets, and access to credit have helped to restore and create new income opportunities for the artisans of TiloniaÂ®. Training and materials provided by the College enable women from traditional communities to work from home, helping them to generate income from their needlework or sewing.
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Assistance in improving designs and production techniques, creation of marketing outlets, and access to credit have helped to restore and create new income opportunities for the artisans of TiloniaÂ®. Training and materials provided by the College enable women from traditional communities to work from home, helping them to generate income from their needlework or sewing.