Artisans in Democratic Republic of the Congo have worked in a chaotic situation of war, corruption and uncertainty. Exporters here face considerable obstacles, including the most expensive port in Africa. Artisanat et Developpment is a local nonprofit artisans' organization that provides training and marketing assistance to Congolese artisans, and ensures that they receive fair payment for their products. Other artisan benefits include interest-free loans for workshop construction, wood-drying kilns and other needs. Historically craftspeople in DR Congo were not respected. Because of these artisans' involvement with Artisanat et Developpment, they and their families are now more respected. They achieve dignity through this work. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Artisanat et Developpment since 1997.