Intercrafts Peru is the marketing and export arm of CIAP, a grassroots organization founded by and for artisans in 1992 to improve the living and working conditions of small crafts people. CIAP is made up of 21 artisan group members, representing 700 artisans from throughout Peru, including marginal areas of Lima, Ayacucho, Huancayo, Cuzco, Puno, Piura, Pucallpa and Arequipa.
Important decisions within CIAP are made democratically in annual assembly meetings of representatives of each of the member organizations. Daily operations and planning are overseen by a Board of Directors, elected from the member organizations. CIAP offers its members benefits such as access to health care, a rotating loan fund and advances to purchase raw materials. CIAP has also established a responsible tourism business, a savings and loan cooperative, and is active in promoting fair trade in Peru.
Serrv has been working with Intercrafts Peru since 1993, purchasing a variety of products that represent the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Peru, including ceramic figures, jewelry, nativities, reversed painted glass boxes, arpillera wall hangings, musical instruments and pottery.
Meet artisans who work with Intercrafts (printable PDFs):