Why We Exist

MarketPlace: Handwork of India is a pioneering nonprofit that empowers women in India to break the cycle of poverty, as they become leaders in their work, their homes, and their neighborhoods, and effect lasting change in their communities. In MarketPlace's comprehensive and creative organization, economic development is only the first step for these brave and resourceful women.

We work with over 400 artisans who are organized into 11 independent co-operatives that produce high-quality women's apparel and home decor. They learn skills such as sewing and embroidery, and participate in all aspects of running the cooperatives. In addition, programs offer educational and enrichment opportunities designed to help the artisans overcome personal, cultural and financial obstacles.

As they become more self-confident, they become agents of change themselves, ensuring that their children receive educations and organizing social programs in their neighborhoods. The artisans become leaders and role models in their families and communities not only for the first time in their lives, but for the first time in generations.