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Sumita Ghose is the founder and managing director of Rangsutra, an organization of craftspeople who own shares and have a stake in the company. Rangsutra's special contribution is design, technical and marketing support in order to enable rural artisans and farmers get a better deal in the market, both local and global. She has close to 20 years of experience of working with rural communities in remote areas of India in order to bring about social and economic change. From forming women's health collectives and self help groups aimed at economic self reliance, to mobilizing village communities to run primary education programs for their children, Sumita has worked extensively at the grassroots. Handicrafts and handloom weaving being one of the core competencies of rural communities, she has worked at organizing artisans into collectives and providing professional assistance, in order to get a better deal in the market place. Sumita has a masters degree in economics from Mumbai University, India. She has a second masters in conflict resolution from the Eastern Mennonite University in the US as a Fulbright Fellow. Sumita is also a recipient of the MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships in India. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.