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New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste

by Empreza Diak Vetted since 2017
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
Atauro Handicraft Market - Arlo
Atauro Handicraft Market - Arlo's artisans

We are so thrilled by your support and inspired by the achievements of this project that we decided to extend it in order to have a greater impact and keep supporting these amazing artisans.

Last June we hosted the 2nd Atauro Handicraft Market and more than 40 artisans came from this remote island to Dili (some of them came to the countries’ capital for the first time!). The day before the market our team provided them some further training on numeracy, visual merchandising and sales support.

The Handicraft Market was a huge success, we had tons of visitors, live music from Atauro, delicious local food and all the artisans sold out their products, creating a significant and direct impact on Atauro’s economy.

The event was a great opportunity for the artisans to get feedback on their products and to see their skills and cultural heritage appreciated by a wider audience. The General Director of the Secretary of Satate for Art and Culture, Ms. Cecilia Assis, delivered the opening speech, joining us on raising awareness for the economic empowerment potential of the creative industries in Timor-Leste.

With your help we are supporting remote communities of Atauro island, developing new livelihoods as a way of income generation.

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram  

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! 

Atauro Handicraft Market - Uaro-Ana
Atauro Handicraft Market - Uaro-Ana's artisans
Atauro Handicraft Market - Rapin Hirik demo
Atauro Handicraft Market - Rapin Hirik demo
Buying beautiful and unique handicrafts
Buying beautiful and unique handicrafts
Communities, team and volunteers made it possible
Communities, team and volunteers made it possible
Mission accomplished, time to go back home!
Mission accomplished, time to go back home!
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It's great to have inspiring visitors

Almost a year has passed since we launched the campaign and we are only one (baby) step away to achieve the full objective!

With your help we are supporting remote communities of Atauro island, developing new livelihoods. These communities have accomplished so much, not only by developing new livelihoods as a way of income generation but also by proudly seeing their cultural heritage and handicrafts appreciated by a greater audience.

We keep on visiting these communities each month, giving them mentoring and access to market. Each visit is pure joy, seeing how much these artisans have developed their skills and self confidence.

To celebrate these amazing artisans and this beautiful island, Empreza Di'ak will host the 2nd Atauro Handicraft Market in Dili on the 23th of June. If you are around, please join us on this very special event! Visitors will have the opportunity to know more about Atauro, its communities and culture and will have the unique chance to meet the artisans and buy handicrafts from this beautiful island. Check out the event page on Facebook!

 

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram  

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (click links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! 

On our way to visit the community groups of Makili
On our way to visit the community groups of Makili
Women weaving in Makili
Women weaving in Makili
Local artisans learning about business!
Local artisans learning about business!

 

After 9 months the objective is almost fully achieved! It has been amazing to share with such remote communities the appreciation that people from all over the world have been showing, the support they have been gathering for their work. The local artisans are producing more and more products and improving their lives!

It is now time to think about the next steps, how to build up on this success, how to continue paving the way for this amazing artisans to thrive!

On March 21st it is the third anniversary of our Social Business Center in Atauro island and we visited all our communities to celebrate together this strong partnership. Check out the video here!

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram  if you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (click links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! 

Sewing classes with Atauro women
Sewing classes with Atauro women
Featuring the artisans unique work in the Center
Featuring the artisans unique work in the Center

Since we started this crowdfunding campaign over 90 people from across the world have joined efforts to support rural artisans in the remote island of Atauro in Timor-Leste to build a new livelihood. Your donations and feedback have been a crucial support to our work and a source of strength to these amazing artisans.

Last month, in one of our community events, Manuel, an old statues carver shared: “I cannot believe so many people are seeing and supporting my work. Now, every time I carve I feel inspired to do even better!”

It is now rain season in Timor-Leste and the roads in Atauro, 90% of which made of dirt and rocks, are becoming increasingly hard to navigate.

But nothing can stop us!

Our team often walks for over 3 hours to reach the artisans to provide training and equipment.The walk is hard but also beautiful, through sea and mountains, and it helps us remember how important it is to support these communities so they don't get trapped in isolation. 

Also, with your support to the work of the communities’ fantastic focal points, every Saturday they walk down to Empreza Di’ak’s Atauro Center to bring information and products, receive mentoring and share experiences. And every day the artisans and doing more and better products that Empreza Di'ak features in the Center's local products' shop, Turning Traditions into Livelihoods! 

None of this would be possible without your support. And, in this holiday season, we want to thank you for being our partners in this initiative and for helping build better futures for these outstanding artisans, their families and communities.

You can follow the project on Facebookand if you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (click links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! 

Walking to the Makili community
Walking to the Makili community
Learning old traditions
Learning old traditions
Community visit and training for weavers
Community visit and training for weavers

Links:

Women weavers
Women weavers' training on product development

Our first crowdfunding campaign was a success and thanks to YOU we are now actively supporting 150 rural artisans in the remote island of Atauro in Timor-Leste to build a new livelihood.

As you can see in the photos attached we have bought 3 sewing machines (for groups of over 10 women); supported 2 months of work of our amazing focal points; intensified the product development trainings and guaranteed 3 months of access to market support to our 150 artisans.

The next step is to start building the kiln (oven) for pottery, so stay tuned, as we will bring you more stories and videos of the work you are helping us do!

This project is part of the innovative Turning Traditions into Livelihoods initiative that Empreza Diak has been implementing since 2014. “We work with over 300 women and men across 8 of Timor-Leste’s 13 municipalities to improve the quality, variety and access to market of cultural goods, creating opportunities to generate income and build a livelihood using their culture, identity and experience” explained Maria Amado, ED’s Program Manager during a training in the island of Atauro. 

“85 people from all over the world already donated over $6,200 for tools, training, and support to these amazing artisans! The donations go directly to the communities and feedback we are getting is really amazing” shared Filipe, ED’s co-Founder, who recently graduated from Harvard university and is currently following this project campaign from the USA. 

You can follow the project on Facebook and if you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (click links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these extraordinary artisans! 

New sewing machines in Atauro
New sewing machines in Atauro
Tomas, the focal point for Makadade artisans!
Tomas, the focal point for Makadade artisans!
Product development training in the making!
Product development training in the making!
No road... so team walks to meet the artisans!
No road... so team walks to meet the artisans!
Selfie@Arlo with community, team and volunteer
Selfie@Arlo with community, team and volunteer

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Empreza Diak

Location: Dili - East Timor
Website: https:/​/​www.empreza-diak.com
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @emprezadiak
Project Leader:
Maria Amado
Dili, East Timor
$7,595 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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$2,405 to go
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