Rumah Laksmi is a new business in Bali which acts as a market and export facilitator for small craft producers. Without direct access to the Bali road arteries, it is difficult for those producers who have little working capital to access or even accept large orders without a fair deposit and prompt payment for goods. Yet, the contribution of these artisans to the development of the island is substantial. Their artistic output represents the visible face of Balinese Culture, which, ironically, helps to draw tourists and buyers to Bali.
Rumah Laksmi currently works within about 16 producer groups, all of them small family businesses. Many of these had not heard of Fair Trade until recently and are learning about it through producer workshops run with the help of the Forum for Fair Trade Indonesia (FFTI).