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Friends of Tilonia
Friends of Tilonia, Inc. is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides marketing and business development assistance to the artisan enterprises affiliated with the Barefoot College, in Tilonia, Rajasthan, India. For more than 40 years, the Barefoot College has been working to address basic needs of the rural poor: water, health, education, energy and employment, while enrolling individuals in the processes that govern their lives.
Friends of Tilonia works with the Barefoot College to develop direct sales and marketing channels for the artisans of Tilonia® in the U.S and abroad. The Barefoot College promotes rural craft production to address the lack of employment in rural areas and provide an income for rural women whose husbands have migrated to the cities to seek work. Assistance in improving designs and production techniques, creation of marketing outlets, and access to credit have helped to restore and create new income opportunities for the artisans ofTilonia®. Training and materials provided by the College enable women from traditional communities to work from home, helping them to generate income from their needlework or other handicrafts.
The artisans of Tilonia® produce clothing and accessories, decorative home furnishings, furniture, rugs, textiles, handmade paper products, puppets and other toys, metalwork, and leather goods.