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Allpa is an indigenous word meaning ‘earth’ in the Quechua language – a reminder that the stone, wood, vegetable and animal fibres with which they work all come from the earth. Allpa aims to improve the living standards of handicraft producers, many of whom are internally displaced refugees living in slums on the outskirts of major cities. Others live in villages, often located in remote mountainous or rainforest regions. For most, craft production is the only source of income. Allpa provides technical help, product development advice, skills training, tools and equipment. Artisans are also provided with short and mid-term loans for workshop improvements.