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Social Entrepreneurs

Empowering women empowers us all

At IKEA we are committed to working for an inclusive and gender equal society. It’s an ambition that we share with many, and one that requires action to transform into results.
 
Social entrepreneurs is a collaboration between IKEA and business-minded women in rural areas, local artisans with previously little or no access to paid, sustainable income. Forming long-term partnerships with social entrepreneurs gives women and discriminated minority groups a chance at independence and a better future.
 
By offering the chance to earn an income, new opportunities opens up and brings an economy that will help generate new energy for the initiative as a whole. 

Handicraft that changes lives

Through co-creating handicraft collections with social entrepreneurs we provide livelihoods for women and minority groups in poor, rural areas. It’s also an opportunity for us to work with skilled artisans and offer our customers unique, handcrafted products available in selected IKEA stores.
Display of HEMGJORD collection placed in nature.

HEMGJORD - Handicraft that changes lives

HEMGJORD is more than a collection, it’s our sixth collaboration with social entrepreneurs that provide livelihoods for women in poor, rural areas. It’s also an opportunity for us to work with skilled artisans and offer our customers unique, handcrafted embroidery and handwoven products.
 
HEMGJORD will be available from March 2017 in selected countries - The UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Korea and Japan.
 

Building partnerships with social entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs is a force that can be uncovered anywhere. Click play on the movies to hear two stories of how IKEA partners up with entrepreneurs on the local level to create sustainable livelihoods for artisans.
 

These women inspire us. Hear the story of one social entrepreneur and one artisan in India.