Each participating artisan has access to seed grants, which she can use to purchase materials and supplies to begin producing her item. Artisans contribute back into the program through a process of “microbartering” whereby she gives the program completed products worth the amount of seed grants she takes out.
The Community Cloth encourages rebuilding of those communities by inviting each artisan to join a peer support group — informal gatherings of artisans (who usually reside within the same or nearby apartment complexes) who get together to knit, weave, talk, and support each other in a variety of ways. They often build strong relationships and consider each other as friends or sisters.
The Community Cloth hosts artisan training sessions to expose the artisans to the American enterprise system, teaching them basic small business skills as well as hosting product development trainings for those interested in expanding her product line.
The Community Cloth helps our artisans expand market opportunities through scheduling private in home sales events, developing vendor opportunities with our local retail partners, and organizing and promoting public sales events.