Creating economic Opportunity
We only work with craftsmen in countries that have been largely cut off from international markets by conflict and insecurity. We are committed to helping craftsmen grow their businesses in some of the world’s most challenging economic environments.
The vast majority of our products are purchased through local NGOs, ensuring a proportion of the money we invest is recycled back into development projects ranging from providing craftsmen with educational opportunities, right through to supporting local schools and healthcare clinics. The amount going to charity ranges between 5% of the wholesale value of the product for jewellery pieces, right through to 80% of the retail value for some of our carpets. On each of our product pages we explain what this percentage is.
Spreading Positive Stories
With so few positive news stories reaching international headlines about countries undergoing war, we believe it has never been more important to share stories and products with the power to inform, surprise and inspire. Outside of our products we do public talks and events to show sides to wartorn countries rarely seen.
Keeping Skills Alive
All over the world ancient craft traditions are being lost as factory made goods replace the handmade. The threats facing craftsmen in countries at war are even more acute. ISHKAR seeks to work with craftsmen in fields at particular risk. We believe it is crucially important to keep these craft traditions alive for future generations.