Tearcraft, a handicraft import business, was started in 1975 as the trading arm of Tearfund. The fairtrade company aims to provide dignified employment for thousands of skilled workers. Tearcraft works closely with 19 producer groups in ten countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Thailand and Peru. Some of Tearcraft's partners are small companies. Others are trading arms of churches, development agencies or networks that draw together the work of many different organisations.