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APIKRI, an independent association of more than 200 artisan groups representing 2,000 artisans, began in response to an increase in the number of unemployed in central Java, where technology replaced large numbers of agricultural jobs and growing urbanization had eaten up farm land. Artisans produce beautiful crafts in leather, silver, brass, batik, textiles, wood, bamboo, ceramic and horn. Benefits to artisans include savings programs, design development and access to microcredit loans for production or emergencies. It includes programs to build member capacity, advocate for Fair Trade and promote environmental conservation through initiatives such as tree planting.