Amiga Fund

Unknown amigas traveling together. Unknown amigas traveling together.

Amiga Fund

Amiga means girl friend in Spanish and Portuguese (as in pals).  We recognize that many art and craft businesses have suffered a great deal in the last few years due to Covid, natural disasters, wars and uncertain economic stressors. The Amiga Fund seeks to give a small spark to businesses who would like to be a part of Artizan Made, but can’t afford the Join Fee of $125. We partner with donors who want to help and try to match them with these businesses.  (See our Join Page)

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Amigas encourage.

Amigas encourage.

Artizan Made seeks to find new audiences for its members through its website, social media sites and by networking with other organizations.  We can also help our members by providing feedback on their website, presentation, photography and product development. Amiga Fund recipients can benefit from peer support and opportunities offered through the membership. The internet is constantly changing and many of us find it challenging to keep up. Having a support community saves time and energy and helps us improve our reach.

Artizan Made works with studio artists, fair traders, small importers and vintage. Our focus is on Home Decor and Eco-Fashion. We also accept handmade supplies, patterns and member books. The Amiga Fund assumes that most donors and recipients are women, but all genders are welcome.  We are based in Paducah, Kentucky, USA and have an international membership.

Amigas overcome obstacles.

Amigas overcome obstacles.

Guidelines for Amiga Applicants

The Amiga Fund is a small boost for established businesses that are going through a tough time. Applicants need to have the following:

  • Five years or more in business.
  • An active presence on the web.
  • A good understanding on how to market your products.
  • At least 50 products that can be added to our Market.
  • Willingness to participate in Zoom/Facebook group with other recipients. Donors who would like to mentor and get involved are also welcome.
  • Ability to pay the monthly membership fee and make a one year commitment. ($12.50/month, an automatic subscription through PayPal)

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

Amigas have style!

Potential Donors:

Contact Rachel at rayela @ comcast.net (remove spaces) and let her know that you would like to be an Amiga Sponsor.  You will then be notified when we have new applicants posted here.

Applicants:

Click on the Sample Amiga Profile below and follow the instructions. If you are not accepted as a member, it only means that your product doesn’t fit with our “look”.

“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”
― C. JoyBell C.

 

Amiga strength!

“Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.”
― John O’Donohue

Amigas create.

Amigas create.

“This is the time for every artist in every genre to do what he or she does loudly and consistently. It doesn’t matter to me what your position is. You’ve got to keep asserting the complexity and the originality of life, and the multiplicity of it, and the facets of it. This is about being a complex human being in the world, not about finding a villain. This is no time for anything else than the best that you’ve got.”
― Toni Morrison

Amigas mentor.

 

“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”
― Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Amigas support.

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