Women in Fair Trade

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.”

Promoting Fair Trade-Principle #4

Promoting Fair Trade-Principle #4

  Do you ever wonder what it means if something is fair trade?  That’s the question the fourth fair trade principle was created to answer. Any business that sells fair trade products, whether food, fashion, or home accessories, is tasked with the job of not only answering that question but also spreading the word about fair […]

8 Things That Can Happen When You Buy Fair Trade

Whether you do so consciously or not, when you purchase a fair trade product you’re making a statement that the poor should get to participate fully in and benefit from global trade. But if you want to know more specifically how your purchase makes a difference, at least one of these eight things happen when you buy fair […]