Intercrafts Peru is a nonprofit civic association promoting export sales of Peruvian handicrafts. A democratic cooperative of artisan groups, Intercrafts Peru allows artisans full participation in organizational decisions. The group's aim is to keep overhead costs low, to share responsibility so more income remains in the hands of the artisans, and to explore new markets. The association's headquarters are located in Lima with other offices situated in the marginal districts and communities of Lima, Ayacucho, Huancayo, Cuzco, Puno, Arequipa and Piura. Benefits to members include health care, loan funds and advances, school supplies and books, training programs and technical assistance.
Intercrafts Peru began as CIAP (Central Interregional De Artesanos Del Peru), formed in 1992 by 20 handicraft artisan groups from various regions of Peru, who joined together to export their creations. Since 2002, the export arm of CIAP has been known as Intercrafts Peru. At its 10th anniversary celebrations in 2002, Intercrafts received official recognition for its beneficial role in the lives of handicraft producers. Intercrafts Peru is member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT).
Ten Thousand Villages purchases jewelry, wool wall hangings, carved gourd boxes, musical instruments and retablo nativities from Intercrafts Peru. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Intercrafts Peru since 1993.
- Artisan Products