In most cases, in Peru, the production of handicrafts is in the hands of the poor. This production is normally carried out by members of the population not integrated in the industrial development and the formal economy of the country.
For many of the producer organizations, MINKA is the first alternative market outlet that promotes their working together and proves that, contrary to traditional market practices, fair trade can benefit them all. MINKA forms long-term partnerships with its producer groups and remains committed to its objective to support these groups regardless of market demands. Furthermore, to complement economic support of its artisans by way of opening up new markets, MINKA also contributes to these communities by way of capacity building and development projects.
Currently, MINKA represents 20 self-managed communities of indigenous producers all over Peru which correspond to more than 2000 associates.