Olivia is the co-founder of Olivia Knox, an artisan organization focused on repurposing Ankole cow horn (a by-product of the beef industry), into beautiful handmade goods. Olivia Knox brings these pieces from Uganda to the international market. For centuries, Ankole cattle has been the centerpiece of Olivia’s Bahima culture. Today, however, Ankole cattle have been sidelined by farmers in favor of exotic breeds with higher milk yields. Olivia is passionate about bringing Ankole horn to the international market to improve the economics of the breed, sustain Bahima culture, and provide employment for Ugandan artisans.
Olivia Knox works with over 100 independent Ugandan artisans and has recently opened its own factory in Uganda. By the end of 2017, Olivia hopes to train and employ over 50 in-house artisans. She has secured a 5-year contract with a major horn manufacturer in Europe, which guarantees consistent cashflows and stable jobs for Ugandan artisans. Olivia plans to use a Kiva loan to purchase the raw materials needed to fulfill Olivia Knox’s contract, guaranteeing stable income for over 100 Ugandan artisans.
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This loan will be backed by purchase orders of the borrower’s handmade, artisan products. By supporting this loan you are supporting artisans around the globe.
About The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise at The Aspen Institute:
The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise joined Kiva through ourExperimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.
The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was launched by Hillary Clinton in 2012 and is hosted by the Aspen Institute. It is a collaborative effort of 45 organizations, corporations, and individuals working together to promote the full potential of the artisan sector to spur economic development. The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise and Kiva are working together to help bridge the financing gap for artisans around the world.
The borrowers are owners of small and growing businesses in their countries. Loans will support the purchase of supplies borrowers need to produce handmade, artisan products. Kiva funds will enable the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise to expand its network of artisans and facilitate economic growth.