Who is Appalachian By Design?
ABD is a non-profit organization that connects home-based knitters to produce and market knitwear. It operates as a flexible manufacturing network and provides rural women in West Virginia with alternative job opportunities. Serving as a model for rural economic development, ABD has received national interest in the past two years.
ABD is participating in a variety of research studies and learning clusters on enterprise and sectoral development that are being sponsored by the Mott Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Corporation for Enterprise Development, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, the Ms. Collaborative for Women's Economic Development, and now NERCRD.