Monthly Archives: November 2008

Rwanda Baskets Offer Affordable Holiday Gifts That Change Lives

- MarketWatch

Consumers looking for an affordable, personal gift this holiday season can also change lives by purchasing handmade baskets, trays or Christmas tree ornaments from the Rwanda Basket Company (RBC), a Seattle-based company working to directly improve the lives of hundreds of impoverished Rwandan women who survived the horrific genocide in 1994. (more…)

Market emphasizes fair trade, craftsmanship

- Dekalb Daily Chronicle, IL

Laura Kettner places a great deal of importance of individualism and environmental respect.

“The world has so much commercialism that you need to assert yourself however you can,” the Sycamore resident said Saturday while crocheting a purse out of plastic grocery bags.

She was one of 14 vendors selling her handmade crafts – skirts made of neckties, as well as jewelry and scarves – at The Uncommon Market hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb. (more…)

UW-L student groups organize fair trade market

- La Crosse Tribune, WI

One of the easiest ways to change the world is with your pocketbook.

That’s what Guy Wolf, who works in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Office of Multicultural Student Services, tells students.

Starting Monday, several UW-L student organizations are taking those words to heart and counting on student and community pocketbooks to support fair trade. (more…)

Fair Trade Market Offers Goods For Good

- MyFox Saint Louis, MO

Holiday shopping hassles don’t exist at a local Fair Trade Market where soothing music and eager volunteers greet shoppers.

The market, which runs through Saturday, November 29 at 4:00 pm at the Manchester United Methodist Church, offers a wide variety of products made by artisans who receive fair wages based on their local economies.

Organizers began the annual market six years ago.  This year they hope to sell $100,000 worth of merchandise. (more…)

International sale to support fair trade

MADISON – Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave., will host a one-day international handcrafted gift sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, to support living wages for artisans working in developing countries.

In addition to underwriting fair trade, shoppers will learn about 130 affiliated artisan groups in 36 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. (more…)

Jonathan’s expands on Fair Trade organics

- The Packer, KS

Jonathan’s Organic, East Freetown, Mass., is working with a new cooperative in Peru to expand its fair trade organic banana program in San Francisco.

“We want to bring more fruit in for our existing customers,” said John Musser, chief executive officer of Jonathan’s Organic. “There has been a demand for fair trade organic bananas in that area that we haven’t been able to meet.” (more…)

Hope for Women greeting cards send a fair-trade message with a delicate artistic touch

- Seattle Times

Author and essayist Phyllis Theroux said, “To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” I appreciate her sentiment and love the way a handwritten card can connect friends across miles.

In addition to warming the heart of your pen pal, if you send a fair trade Hope for Women Portraits of El Salvador card ($5.50) from Market Street Traders in Ballard, you’ll also help support a community of artisan women in Central America. (more…)

Fair Trade Festival upcoming

- Bethany Beach Wave, DE

Those looking to shop — and help the world’s less fortunate — should stop by the Distant Neighbors Fair Trade Festival, slated to be held Nov. 21 and 22 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

At the annual event, shoppers have the opportunity to purchase Fair Trade articles such as jewelry, clothing, household items, holiday decorations, books, toys, coffees and more. (more…)

FTTSA responds to calls for a global fair trade tourism label


Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa is a South African based non profit initiative, working to promote equitable and sustainable tourism development.

Since 2003, FTTSA has been operating a destination-specific certification programme, based on global principles of Fair Trade as well as local development imperatives to reduce poverty and inequality within the post-apartheid context. (more…)

UM Students attend Fair Trade Convergence

- Montana Kaimin, MT

Seven University of Montana students returned to Missoula late Monday night after spending the weekend at the 2008 International Fair Trade Convergence in Seattle.

Students, employees, professors, vendors and others involved with the Fair Trade movement attended classes, lectures and workshops at the University of Washington during the conference. The United Students for Fair Trade, a national network of student organizations supporting fair trade, hosted the event.  (more…)