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Dastkar

Field of intervention
Economical development
Supported organization
Dastkar
Country and localization
India, 14 Indian provinces
Supported people
2 000 traditional and underprivileged craftsmen
Project helped in
2010-2011-2012-2013-2014
Amount of the support
130,000 euros

Support disadvantaged craftsmen in sale of their products

Dastkar (“craftman” in Hindi) is an Indian NGO established in 1981 with the aim of bringing to life and restoring traditional Indian craftsmanship. As an official government partner, Dastkar supports artisans (over 14 million in India) in training and searching for commercial outlets.

In 2009, the NGO Dastkar developed a program to support 14 communities of disadvantaged craftsmen living in 14 Indian provinces so that they can “earn a living” from their skills: from wood working in Rajasthan to hand weaving in Bihar, silk painting in Chhattisgarh… They follow training targeted and adpted trainings in each province to help them to develop new types of product and to promote their sales.

The Accor Foundation* supported this program during 3 years (from 2010 to 2012).

In 2013, to increase the sales of the craftspeople's work, the NGO set up a specific point of sale in New Delhi with the support of the Accor Foundation*.

* In 2013, the Accor Foundation became Solidarity Accor.

The project holder
Ashwin Shirali
Human Resources Director, AccorHotels India

It gave me a feeling of immense satisfaction that I was able to be a part of a noble and visionary partnership to restore lost glory to India’s forgotten skills of handicrafts and to recreate the splendor of India's heritage.