Association of Craft Producers (ACP) believes in helping producers through taking an improving and developing their overall standard of living. The ACP provides assistance and training for nearly 1200 low income, primarily female, craft producers in Nepal.
Nepal is a mountainous, developing country that despite its exposure as a hiking and trekking capital is constantly striving to develop other industries and income opportunities for its population. Craft skills, such as jewellery making, metal and wood work are ancient industries, which could be lost without investment and skill transfer.
By investing in primarily women headed households, ACP is ensuring that the skills and investment it makes with its craftspeople is saved, reinvested and transferred as best as possible within the communities. In Nepal in 2000 over 80% of women who were employed were in ’vulnerable employment’ – non-contracted, low paying work with no benefits or security.