Human rights

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.

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.”

Building Relationships=Building Capacity: Fair Trade Principle #3

Building Relationships=Building Capacity: Fair Trade Principle #3

 When you hear the term build capacity, you probably think about companies building new factories to increase production.  In the fair trade world, building capacity encompasses a completely different approach. Its aim is to develop the independence of the producers who grow and create fair trade products. The fair trade community, both business owners and […]

“A Month We Should Not Need”

We like to think of January as the month of new beginnings, a month to erase the past year’s troubles and focus on fresh starts.  But for millions of women, men, and children a fresh start is beyond imagination.  They are the victims of human trafficking who, in the words of President Obama, “are bought, […]

NYC First Graders Take Action on Fair Trade & Child Labor

Late last spring, an email crossed my desk that started with this sentence: “We have a class of six and seven year olds who are trying to make a difference in this world.”  It was from a parent at The Manhattan New School, PS 290, a public school in New York City. She was asking […]