December 17, 2007 —
The Indigenous Designs works to elevate knitting and hand looming artisan cooperatives in some of the poorest regions of South America. The company allocates more of its production cost to the artisan than typical conventional textile companies. This means the artisan makes a fair, living wage as high as three times what they might earn working independently.
In addition, Indigenous Designs partners directly with non-governmental organizations and others that provide training, educational materials, and equipment that otherwise could not be afforded. Many partner organizations also offer no interest assistance loans in these communities. There are now over 300 artisan groups as part of the company's highly skilled production network."