More than 1000 rural artisans earn a living from the production of Tilonia® and Avani handcrafted products.
Managing an Online Enterprise
Since 2003, in partnership with the US-based, Friends of Tilonia, Inc., the Barefoot College has operated this online enterprise for the sale and marketing of the Tilonia® product line of handcrafted, artisan- produced home textiles, womenʼs accessories and gifts.
Artisans earn supplemental income through sewing, needlework, embroidery, tie-dying, block printing and weaving. Designs and production methods draw on Indian craft traditions that are centuries old – but create modern opportunities for these rural women.
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Friends of Tilonia represents:
El Camino de Los Altos
Flor de Xochistlahuaca
Tilonia® Home Collection
The Barefoot CollegeTilonia
, a small village in Rajasthan, India is the home of the Barefoot College
. Since 1972, the College has worked to improve the lives of the rural poor by addressing basic needs for water, electricity, housing, health, education and income. Today, women from more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America have been trained by the College to solar electrify their own communities.