Fair Trade Artisans

Beyond Fair Wages–Keeping Girls in School

Beyond Fair Wages–Keeping Girls in School

When you purchase a Fair Trade Designs product, you know you’re supporting fair wages for the person who made it.  But your purchases also support additional resources for the artisans, particularly when it comes to educating girls. It’s difficult for girls in developing countries to receive an education past primary school. In most poor countries, families must […]

Women: The Backbone of Fair Trade

I can’t think of any other global enterprise where women run the show on both the front and back ends.

Poetry Embroidered on Cloth

Have you ever heard of Kantha quilting?  I hadn’t either until a couple of years ago when I saw fair trade products using the quilts. The centuries-old technique was originated by poor women in Western Bengal to make quilts from their saris to keep their babies warm.  The quilts eventually became objects of hospitality, and […]

Zulugrass Jewelry and the Maasai Tribeswomen of Kenya

Zulugrass Jewelry and the Maasai Tribeswomen of Kenya

  In 2001, a terrible drought persisted for several years in Kenya and brought devastation to the pasture lands. The livelihood of the indigenous Maasai disappeared as their cattle died. The men had to drive the few remaining cattle hundreds of miles away in search of better grazing. The women left behind looked desperately for […]

The Basement Beginnings of the Fair Trade Movement

In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler stockpiled a small inventory of needlework sewn by Puerto Rican women in her central Pennsylvania basement. She began selling the products to friends and neighbors from the trunk of her car.

Rescue, Refuge, and Renewal for Exploited Women

Rescue, Refuge, and Renewal for Exploited Women

“I celebrated my 21st birthday here. It was the first time someone made me a birthday cake and sang to me. I am able to laugh and cry again. Not tears of sadness, but of joy.”

Prompt and Fair Pay–Fair Trade Principle #5

There’s more to fair pay than simply handing a worker their fair wages.