What we do
India’s first rural business venture, Kaarigar Clinic builds the bridge between the rural and urban households. It empowers artisans to become entrepreneurs through business training, digital and design upskilling, marketing and business health checkups and connects the artists with a network of collaborators across the country. At the same time, Kaarigar Clinic serves an important function of providing buyers with a sustainable alternate choice over patterns of wasteful consumption.
Kaarigar Clinic helps artisans utilize their skills for setting up businesses and generate employment for their community.
We have built Kaarigar Clinic with the aim to make villages a better place to live and work by encouraging craftspeople to continue using local resources and skills, providing them with fair opportunities.
We believe in the Gandhian values of developing a local system of production and distribution for strengthening the village economy.
Founder & CEO
Nilesh priyadarshi, is a development and management professional. With more than 20 years of experience in the craft sector, his expertise has been recognized nationally and internationally on several forums. Nilesh has worked closely with social enterprises, corporate brands as well as educational institutions dealing with matters of systemic growth and development. Before starting his own enterprise, he has also published several papers which further researchers can build upon. He has started several smaller relief initiatives under the umbrella organisation Kaarigar Clinic. With a clear vision of empowering the artisans, Nilesh is on a challenging yet adventurous journey of co-creating a ‘LOCAL COMMUNITY’.
Co-founder & Creative Director
Noopur Kumari is a graduate of design from NIFT. After having studied design and worked with a lot of artisans as a part of the college projects, she had pondered over the question of why regional artisans do not get the recognition they deserve. She took a dive towards cofounding "Kaarigari Clinic" - an initiative aimed towards helping rural artisans to strengthen traditional businesses. Unlike a lot of initiatives and NGOs who take regional artisans under their brand name to give employment, Noopur staunchly concentrates on enabling the artisans to build their own brand by providing them with all the necessary technological and logistical support.
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