Social Impact & Craftsmanship
DANDELION is a collective coalescing fine art with ancient artisan craftsmanship to create one-of-a-kind limited edition rug pieces. These pieces are handmade in Afghanistan and India by our weavers, who are often disenfranchised due to conflict, lack of education or geographical lack of employment. As a social impact business our mission is to empower these artisans with employment opportunities that can improve their lives. We cannot do this alone, so we are working closely with our partners Turquoise Mountain and Label Step to help implement our social impact program on the ground in Afghanistan and India. These NGO partners are doing incredible work in this space to help.
Our model for social impact is simple: we have set up a social impact fund for our artisans similar to the way an employee in the United States can be enrolled in a stock option with their company to earn an additional income as the company grows and sells. Each rug sold will have a contribution to the social impact fund. With this fund our artisans will be empowered to use this additional income as they wish by claiming dividends or suggesting improvements within their community or work environment. DANDELION's goal is to double yearly earnings for each artisan we work with and continue to provide more opportunity for economic advancement.
We believe by providing more economic opportunities at significantly higher wages, we can have a massive impact on these communities that have historically struggled to prosper. Artisans in less developed countries are often a part of the bottom billion, a term that categories the most impoverished people in the world. Despite these economic hardships the artisans that we work with are incredibly talented and serve as inspirations. So please join us in this mission to help our incredible artisans by supporting DANDELION.