Supporting artisans at the nexus where tourism, conservation, and handcraft development meet
At Lindblad Expeditions, we believe in forming meaningful relationships with the people who live in the places we explore. One way we do that is by supporting local artisans through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Artisan Fund.
Over a decade ago, we launched the Artisan Fund to help empower artisan communities at the nexus where tourism, conservation, and handcraft development meet. In certain parts of the world, selling handcrafts can mean the difference between living below the poverty line and being able to feed your family. Artisan activity creates jobs, increases income security, and preserves ancient cultural traditions that in many places are at risk of being lost.
We are a small, self-funded program with a big impact. We are able to work close to the ground, connect directly with the communities where we explore, and gain an understanding of their challenges and needs as they relate to craft production and generating livelihoods for their families. We offer support to artisans through training programs, supplying workspaces and equipment, issuing grants for local projects benefiting artisans, and by educating our guests on the value of buying handmade goods. Because when you buy artisanal handcrafts, you’re not only acquiring an object of quality and beauty, but you’re also making a difference in an artisan’s life.
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is unique in that 5% of sales made in our shipboard Global Galleries are automatically directed toward the LEX-NG Artisan Fund, creating a renewable cycle of support for artisan communities worldwide.
For more information about the LEX-NG Artisan Fund, contact Stacy Rivett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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