The Maiwa Foundation
The Maiwa Foundation was established in 1997 by Maiwa Handprints Ltd. It was registered as a private trust in 2001 to help fund practising and re-emerging artisans in the craft sector. The fund supports work that develops higher-level skills or sustains existing skills. Recent workshops include India (Nagaland, Assam, Kerala, Bengal), Morocco, and Ethiopia.
Although Maiwa Handprints Ltd. and the Maiwa Foundation share similar views, they are separate organizations. The first is a commercial enterprise while the second is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and the relief of poverty.
Though some of the highest profile work done by the foundation has aided artisans in disastrous situations (the 2001 Kutch earthquake, the 2004 tsunami and the 2020 COVID pandemic), the foundation is primarily concerned with aid to artisans on the village level and with the education and engagement of western audiences that represent their markets.
The Maiwa Foundation is a registered charity. Find out more.