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15/11/2018

This Christmas, we're focusing on producers - what they really want, and how Fair Trade works towards these goals.

A better standard of living

Fair trade puts our lives into perspective. In the west, we live in a privileged society where our basic needs are met, and our voices are heard. Fairtrade works towards giving people the power to build their future. When the policy makers aren’t willing to do anything, it creates its own system that support human rights, giving security, control and optimism.

Traidcraft: Working with partners in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, running programmes to support people working in different supply chains.

Tilnar Art: Continues to expand and support more disadvantaged producers from Zimbabwe and Kenya

Nkuku: Working with suppliers who are at the start of their fair trade process, and helping them achieve WFTO status.

Koseli: Working with artisans in Nepal, ‘profit through fairness'.

Paper High: Working with skilled and talented artisans in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal to create beautiful Fair Trade products. 

Good working conditions for all

Fairtrade is about Quality, and Equality.  Products that have been made to the highest standards, whilst respecting the farmers & artisans who made them.  

Traidcraft: Working with partners in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, running programmes to support people working in different supply chains.

Tilnar Art: Continues to expand and support more disadvantaged producers from Zimbabwe and Kenya

Carishea: working with communities in Ghana where women harvest shea nuts to produce butter, which is then handcrafted into luxurious products by our workers from disadvantaged communities in Scotland.

Thought: Promoting Slow Fashion through the use of sustainable materials "Wear me, love me, mend me, pass me on.”

Paper High: working with skilled and talented artisans in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal to create beautiful Fair Trade products.

Rainstick Trading: contributing towards sustaining livelihoods and communities from all corners of South America, Africa and South East Asia. 

Opportunities for the next generation

Fair Trade gives us the realisation that our choices & actions can have a positive impact. It is a way for the consumer to make a contribution towards reducing poverty. It gives the individual the opportunity to be part of a bigger movement.

Dalit Goods / Life Association: Supporting the Dalit community in India and providing schools for street children.

Denur: Providing employment for mothers in Kenya so that they can earn sufficient income to send their children to school.

Child Rescue Nepal: Frees children from slavery.

Santa Maria Education Fund: Providing tertiary education to the poorest people in Paraguay

Lanka Kade: Providing books and daily milk drinks to several rural schools in Sri Lanka.

Respect for the environment

Fair trade is about being human. It unites the global neighbourhood; we should be looking after each other, and the planet that we live on. Fair trade is about making ‘working together’ work well for everyone involved.

 Ecoffee cup: Reusuable coffee cups made from bamboo.

New Oveseas Traders: Fair trade reusable shopping bags.

Paguro: Wallet made from tyre, cufflinks made from bicycle chain.Contemporary upcycled fashion and home accessories, ethically produced from recycled and re-purposed materials.

Tilnar Art: Miniature bicycle ornament made from drinks cans.  

Just Trade Brighton: Metal ornaments made from scrap metal in Mexico

Quench: Reusable thermos bottle.

Bope: Coasters made from recycled plastic. Turning plastic waste into useful products in their workshop in Chiang-Mai, Thailand.

A place to call my home

Fair trade empowers the suppressed and displaced, giving them independence and a voice.

Zaytoun: Supporting the resilience and livelihoods of Palestinian farmers under occupation through fairly trading their olive oil.

Drop Earrings Not Bombs: Working with Syrian women & their families to improve income & financial stability.

Gender Equity

‘The WFTO has a clear policy and plan to promote gender equality that ensures that women as well as men have the ability to gain access to the resources that they need to be productive and also the ability to influence the wider policy, regulatory, and institutional environment that shapes their livelihoods and lives.’ 

Divine Chocoate: Farmer-owned Fairtrade chocolate company. Women make up about a third of the membership of Kuapa Kokoo, a cocoa farming co-operative that supply Divine Chocolate.

Just trade UK: Supporting female artisans from Peru, Ecuador, India & Vietnam, contributing to their financial independence.

Daughters of the Ganges: Working with Women who are unable to leave their homes, giving them raw materials and tools to work from home, and making communities more inclusive.

Drop Earrings Not Bombs: Enabling female Syrian refugee’s employment and business skills.

Dignity to the Marginalised

Fairtrade is inclusive; it provides opportunities to marginalised groups in society – the disabled, stigmatised, orphaned, and female. It is a catalyst for change in traditional attitudes in society. 

‘The WFTO does not discriminate in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, HIV/AIDS status or age.’ 

Hands of Hope: Working with villagers affected by HIV in Nongkhai, Thailand.

Cards from Africa: Working with young people orphaned by disease in Rwanda.

Bombolulu: Providing support to disabled artisans living in Mobassa, Kenya, to help them overcome their physical limitations.



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