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Madhya Kalikata Shilpangan (MKS) is a non-profit organization that helps artisans in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh develop their skills and become self-reliant. MKS provides marketing, design and export services, and works to obtain raw materials at reasonable prices and to ensure fair wages for artisans. Other benefits include medical aid, a yearly dividend, long-term interest-free loans, financial aid for equipment upgrades and education for silk units. MKS works with some 250 silk weavers and printers, leather workers, stone carvers and instrument makers.