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. This online store, www.Tilonia.com is
operated by a team of Barefoot e-commerce managers based in Tilonia in partnership
with the Friends of Tilonia, Inc. These Barefoot e-commerce managers are all from the rural communities
in India where the Barefoot College works and they are "graduates" of the
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 of Tilonia®. 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. Their products are sold in retail outlets in India, Europe and Canada,
generating $ 250,000 in annual sales generating income for more than 400 rural artisans in 50 villages who market their crafts
inconjunction with the Barefoot College.
For more information, please
Friends of Tilonia, Inc.
134 Lincoln Place, #2
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tel: 888 759-8175
You can help support the sustainable development programs and the development of artisan enterprises by making a contribution to Friends of Tilonia, Inc. We appreciate your support.
A copy of the latest annual report may be obtained on request from Friends of TIlonia, Inc., or the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10271
or from the Charities Bureau online registry www.charitiesnys.com.
You can help
support the rural artisans of Tilonia in many ways:
• Buy Tilonia
Visit our online store and select items for your house,
gifts for your friends and families, or start your holiday shopping early.
Become a Friend
You can help provide financial support to the artisans of Tilonia® to expand sales
in the U.S. and abroad through the online store, trade shows and other sales
• Become A Fan
Let your friends know about our online store and tell them
about the work of the Barefoot College.
Become a Retail or Design Affiliate
Please contact us
at firstname.lastname@example.org if you
are interested in helping expand the craft sales of the rural artisans of