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Pekerti, Indonesia

Pekerti stands for Pengembangan Kerajinan Rakyat Indonesia or Indonesian People’s  Handicraft Foundation. They are an Indonesian Fair Trade supplier and social development organization formed in Jakarta in 1975. Pekerti was the first Fair Trade member to be established in Indonesia and one of the first in the world. Their mandate is to increase the incomes of subsistence farmers and other poor people living in rural Indonesia through the development and sale of Fair Trade handicrafts.

As a Fair Trade supplier, Pekerti gives assistance to handicraft producers to market their products domestically and provides services in export, which would otherwise not be available. Their associated micro credit lending institution Koperti is available to provide producers with soft loans for investment. Pekerti’s community development sector provides producers with training in the 10 Standards of Fair Trade and product safety, and undertakes projects in emergency relief, housing reconstruction and long-term economic recovery through small and micro enterprise (SME) establishment.

Artisan painting Pekerti masks (source - internet images)

Artisan painting Pekerti masks (source - internet images)