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The Association of Craft Producers is a non-profit group that provides design, marketing, training and technical services to low-income artisans of all ethnic backgrounds, 90% of whom are women. ACP artisans also have access to benefits including counseling and medical services, paid maternity and paternity leave, and clothing and household allowances. They have also initiated a savings program and a retirement fund, low-interest loans, education allowances for artisans’ daughters, and seminars on health, nutrition and women’s rights. ACP takes an active role in protecting Nepal’s fragile environment by recycling materials, using water-based dyes for printing, using only softwood in production, harvesting rain water and treating production waste water.