Pekerti promotes traditional Indonesian handcrafts, generating income for disadvantaged rural villagers and subsistence farmers. Your purchase enables sustainable employment in remote areas of Indonesia, reducing migration to cities and allowing families to stay together.
Pekerti Nusantara, the Indonesian People's Handicraft Foundation, has been active since 1975, promoting income-generating projects among rural artisans and seeking new markets for their products. A pioneer in fair trade in Indonesia, Pekerti works to strengthen the professionalism of a network of artisan groups, emphasizing working together, improved product development, and training in financial and business skills. Artisan groups are regularly visited to monitor use of fair trade principles and share best practices in production and quality control. Pekerti encourages the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources and supports conservation projects, including tree planting. Artisan programs include help with medical expenses, emergency disaster relief, school scholarships and loans. The benefits of these craft co-ops are a major source of support for many marginalized families.