Pekerti stands for Pengembangan Kerajinan Rakyat Indonesia, meaning Indonesian People’s Handicraft Foundation. Pekerti Foundation works to supplement the incomes of subsistence farmers and rural people through development and sale of traditional crafts. Pekerti provides training in domestic marketing, and services for export marketing. For this purpose, Pekerti established a nonprofit trading company, Pekerti Nusantara. Pekerti Nusantara is closely linked with all Indonesian alternative trade organizations and helps disadvantaged rural artisans to upgrade their production, business and marketing skills. To accomplish its goals, Pekerti Nusantara stresses quality control, training and working together cooperatively. In addition, Pekerti assists artisans by offering loans, school scholarships, help with medical expenses and emergency aid in disasters.
Pekerti, a social development agency, was formed in 1975. Pekerti established Pekerti Nusantara in 1978 to provide marketing services and training to artisans. Pekerti is a member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT).
Ten Thousand Villages purchases jewelry, placemats, masks, ornaments, instruments and other carved or painted wooden items from Pekerti Nusantara. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Pekerti Nusantara since 1981.
- Artisan Products