There are over 300 million artisans and homeworkers globally. Much of this informal economy is cash-based and lacks regulation, leaving workers — 90% female — open to exploitation. Nest’s grassroots programs ensure their interests are protected. The organization works with 270,000 workers in 116 countries, indirectly impacting 1.2 million individuals. A recent successful project resulted in 80% of workers opening a bank account. One hundred percent stated this income enabled their children to complete an education, and 94% were able to purchase health insurance.