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  • 02-Dec-2017

Wabbani

Abstract

Craft cooperatives are well-known, validated employment solutions for remote/rural peoples, but they often struggle to find markets. They fail to scale, and thus can’t employ enough people to have significant ripple effects.Our innovative solution is to leverage IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishings company, as a platform of size and use templates for handicraft, aggregating the work of global artisans around pre-verified market demand for home furnishings.Our customers are a) IKEA itself, which is seeking "personalization" via handcrafted collections, and b) IKEA's customers, driving the personalization trend. Our first products are basketry inset panels for kitchen cabinet doors, handmade cabinet knobs, and handwoven lamp shade slipcovers.

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