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Entry #1

Credit: Baskets of Africa

Basket weaving brings extra income to the subsistence farmers of rural Northeastern Ghana. A fair trade, sustainable wage paid in return for their work makes a real difference in the lives of these skilled and talented weavers.


Entry #2

Credit: A Fair World

*AFairWorld* works with the amazing women of Uganda to help create a sustainable world.The Paper Bead strands are created after hours of cutting, rolling, coating, drying and stringing to form magnificent works of art. *AFairWorld* believes that through selling the women’s beads, the poverty of their families can be eradicated.


Entry #3

Credit: Fair Trade Towns USA

Fair Trade Towns USA and 12 volunteer organizers at the source in Azua, Dominican Republic at a Fair Trade & Organic Banana Cooperative. The group was given a tour by Jose Gomez and Alcedo Beltre, two young farmers who attended university using community development premiums and now work at the cooperative.


Entry #4

Credit: Just Haiti, Inc.

Francois shows off the coffee depulper used for high quality washed coffee sold in the U.S. by Just Haiti, Inc. Francois, president of the Kafe Developmen de Baraderas (KDB) coffee growers association in Baraderas, Haiti, says KDB purchased this machine and built the plant using no-interest loans from Just Haiti.


Entry #5

Credit: Indochine Natural

Ms. Le Thanh Thuy, the Executive Director – Fair Trade at Indochine Natural visits a farmer in Vietnam to purchase loofah. Advance payments, capacity building, and guaranteed fair prices allow these farmers to safely supplement their incomes. The raw loofah will be used to produce a range of bathroom loofah products.


Entry #6

Credit: Indochine Natural

The loofah grown by farmers in Vietnam for Indochine Natural provides flow-on income opportunities for members of their community. Workers are employed to cut, wash, dry and pack loofah to earn sustainable living wages to support their families. Other workers will cut and sew the loofah into bathroom products.


Entry #7

Credit: Indochine Natural

The needs of women are important in Fair Trade, and the provision of maternity leave provides job security for young mothers in Vietnam. Ms. Lien, one of the Indochine Natural staff working on making bathroom loofah products, visits her workplace towards the end of her paid three months maternity leave.


Entry #8

Credit: Village Markets – Fair Trade

This little guy is going to school in Kenya because VillageMarkets.org helps consumers buy artwork from his father…how can you not like Fair Trade?


Entry #9

Credit: Just Coffee Cooperative

Women organized with Mejillones Coffee Cooperative in the Yungas region of Bolivia drink coffee together during a meeting with buyers from Cooperative Coffees, celebrating the first visit with buyers and a new Fair Trade relationship.


Entry #10

Credit: Just Coffee Cooperative

Jennipher Wetaka, a Fair Trade coffee farmer, serves as vice chair of the board at Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative in the Mt. Elgon Region of Eastern Uganda. Here she checks out a bag of Just Coffee and learns about how her coffee beans are sold on the other side of the world.


Entry #11

Credit: Just Coffee Cooperative

Children of Konakoyi Society from the Mt. Elgon Region of Uganda hang out in their community’s new green house. These small shade trees will later be transplanted into their family’s coffee farms to not only improve the quality of their coffee, but to also mitigate the effects of climate change in this region, providing for more opportunities for future generations.


Entry #12

Credit: Just Coffee Cooperative

Children of Konakoyi Society from the Mt. Elgon Region of Uganda benefit from Fair Trade social premiums from Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative for supplies at their school, which works specifically with children who have been orphaned by HIV/Aids.


Entry #13

Credit: Rishi Tea

Fair Trade links the tea cultures and communities of Mannong and Manmai (China) with the tea in consumers’ cups, providing a traceability chain straight from the cup to the origin.


Entry #14

Credit: Rishi Tea

Each of Rishi’s fairly traded products helps the villagers of Mannong and Manmai (China) become educated and productive members of the global community. A portion of the money paid for their teas pays for education and standard of living improvments.


Entry #15

Credit: Katie Barrow

Cafe Anei is a 500-member Fair Trade coffee cooperative in the heart of the world: Nabusimake, Colombia. The cooperative, made up of three indigenous tribes, prides itself on rooting its business values and practices in the traditional teachings of the mamus, the spiritual leaders of the community. Here Aty Zarwawin Mestre Almanza, 18, proudly shows off the ripe cherries in her family’s farm.


Entry #16

Credit: Divine Chocolate USA

Elias Mohammed is a cocoa farmer and member of the Kuapa Kokoo co-operative in Ghana, which co-owns Divine Chocolate. He has five children and has been able to send them all to the school in the village built with Fairtrade premiums.


Entry #17

Credit: Divine Chocolate USA

Juliana Danso stands with her family, proudly holding cocoa pods from her farm. As a member of the Kuapa Kokoo farmers cooperative in Ghana, Juliana gets a Fairtrade price for her cocoa and a share in the profits from her ownership of Divine Chocolate.


Entry #18

Credit: Divine Chocolate USA

Juliet Brago is a cocoa farmer and Executive Member of the Awaham Village Society outside of Kumasi, Ghana. Juliet is just one example of women who are empowered to take leadership roles inside of Kuapa Kokoo, the farmers cooperative that co-owns Divine Chocolate.


Entry #19

Credit: Interrupcion*

Senda Verde translates into English as “Green Path,” which is fitting for a Fair Trade Organic banana cooperative. This Interrupcion member farm employs earth-friendly farming practices that nourish the Ecuadorian soil, growing a banana that is sweet to the tastebuds, the earth and the worker community.


Entry #20

Credit: Interrupcion*

Originally named *La Inmaculada* for its nutrient-rich soil combined with its pure Patagonia water, this Interrupcion member farm produces Fair Trade Organic apples and pears. Workers voted to use social premiums to develop a bakery, providing both employment opportunities and low-cost foods to the community.


Entry #21

Credit: Interrupcion*

Harvesting Fair Trade Organic blueberries in the sunny Chilean central valley. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, workers on this Interrupcion member farm invested both social premiums and their time to rebuild homes for families whose houses had been destroyed by the natural disaster.


Entry #22

Credit: Interrupcion*

Fair Trade Organic certified blueberry harvest in the Chilean central valley at one of Interrupcion’s member farms. Fair Trade guarantees a fair, stable wage regardless of whether the blueberry harvest is scarce or bountiful, and Organic certification ensures that worker health is protected.


Entry #23

Credit: Chelsea Bay Dennis

On the Ground completed construction of two school blocks where 1,300 children are educated. Construction was funded by the project “Run Across Ethiopia”, in Hase Gola, a certified Fair Trade coffee cooperative in the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia.


Entry #24

Credit: Chelsea Bay Dennis

On the Ground completed construction of two school blocks where 1,300 children are educated. Construction was funded by the project “Run Across Ethiopia”, in Hase Gola, a certified Fair Trade coffee cooperative in the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia.


Entry #25

Credit: Chelsea Bay Dennis

Worku Kebebe, father of seven children, is a member of the Hase Gola cooperative, a certified Fair Trade coffee group in the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia. Producing some of the most sought after coffee in the world, the growers struggle to survive due to the inequalities of the global market. September 2011.


Entry #26

Credit: Chelsea Bay Dennis

The gals of Higher Ground Trading Company in Traverse City, MI, “cup” their freshly roasted Fair Trade beans from around the world. May 2012.


Entry #27

Credit: Jolica

In Surin, Thailand, Mali is part of a producer group leading silversmithing artisans. Preserving traditional Thai processes is a keystone to this Fair Trade organization. Joy abounds as is evident by Mali’s contagious smile. Jolica is proud to offer the handcrafted sterling silver accessories of Mali’s group.


Entry #28

Credit: Jolica

Specializing in leather goods, women in Kolkata, India, work hard to ensure quality control. Not only are these artisans provided good working conditions and health benefits, they are also trained in skill development and financial competence. These wallets are an example of excellence in creating Fair Trade products for Jolica.


Entry #29

Credit: Jolica

In the village of Fulia, India, a team of weavers produces beautiful scarves for Jolica using hand processes that are centuries old. Through the support of a local Fair Trade group providing healthcare, education and work safety, these talented artisans have created a future for their families.


Entry #30

Credit: Jolica

Jolica partners with a women’s cooperative in Buriram, Thailand where artisans create Thai silk scarves. Bright yellow threads are pulled from the cocoons of silkworms, and later wound onto spindles to produce raw silk. The threads are then dyed and used by this Fair Trade cooperative to make handwoven scarves.


Entry #31

Credit: The Leakey Collection

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Entry #32

Credit: The Leakey Collection

With the fair trade wages earned from The Leakey Collection, Maasai mothers in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya, are able to feed and educate their children. The result is happy children with a bright future.


Entry #33

Credit: The Leakey Collection

For the first time in her life, Noseuri Tingisha is working, stringing beads of Zulugrass jewelry. Thanks to the Fair Trade practices of The Leakey Collection, she is no longer dependent on her husband. Instead she’s an active contributor to the family’s wealth. That’s definitely something to smile about!


Entry #34

Credit: Dotan Goor-Arye

During Sindyanna of Galilee”s Kufr Manda baskets weaving workshop, Wahiba Hujirat, a senior weaver and instructor, is teaching the weaving craftsmanship to other weaver. The art of basket weaving is an old tradition that was widespread among Galilean and West Bank villages. Learning to weave with palm fronds is a long and arduous process.


Entry #35

Credit: Dotan Goor-Arye

Monah Nahla lives in Kufr Kana in Israel, and is married and a mother to 4 children. She works at the olive oil and soap workshop of “Sindyanna of Galilee” in her town. The unemployment rate of Arab women in Galilee villages is close to 80%. Mona is happy she could find a job in Sindyanna and earn much needed money for her family.


Entry #36

Credit: Dotan Goor-Arye

Hibah Hamed, from the olive oil and soap workshop of “Sindyanna of Galilee” at Kufr Kana, Israel. Sindyanna manufactures and markets organic extra virgin olive oil through Fair Trade distributors around the globe. The olives grow in special olive groves in the Galilee hills, where olive trees have grown for thousands of years.


Entry #37

Credit: Dotan Goor-Arye

Mona Nahla at the olive oil and soap workshop of “Sindyanna of Galilee” in Kufr Kana, Israel. Mona unfolds a new level of empty olive oil bottles. Later, she and her friends will fill the bottles with the special extra virgin organic olive oil manufactured by Sindyanna.


Entry #38

Credit: From the Earth

Based in Madaba, Jordan, Fihmi designs and handlooms Bedouin inspired rugs. Each rug is a work of art. When Fihmi met From The Earth, he thought they would help him sell more rugs in Jordan, but he never dreamed that his rugs would sell around the world.


Entry #39

Credit: Didier Reynaud, Ekitinfo

Like 1000 coffee producers, Manuel Jesus is member of the Fair Trade Cooperative “Oro Verde” in the region of San Martin, Peru. This cooperative was created to help communities and stop the culture of coca, an ingredient of cocaine. His vision of Fair Trade: “consumers help us, and we help them get better coffee”.


Entry #40

Credit: Didier Reynaud, Ekitinfo

David, member of the Fair Trade Cooperative “Cocla” in Quillabamba, Peru, is in charge of the Fair Trade tourism project, an idea developed thanks to the Fairtrade premium. With 5000 coffee producers, Cocla is one of the most successful cooperatives in Fair Trade movement and is now launching coffee on the national market.


Entry #41

Credit: Didier Reynaud, Ekitinfo

The CIAP is the main organization of handcrafts products in Peru. The quality of the potteries is evident in its artful precision. CIAP is an outlet for many producers, some who are migrants to Lima suburbs following periods of terrorism in their home regions.


Entry #42

Credit: Joanna Brown, Canaan Fair Trade

The olive harvest in Palestine is a family time. Fair trade enables the whole family to pick the fruit of the harvest together just as they’ve been doing for generations and generations. Olive trees are a large part of a Palestinian farmer’s identity, symbolizing subsistence, community, and heritage.


Entry #43

Credit: Amy K. Fellows

Malia Designs, a Fair Trade Federation member, is committed to fighting human trafficking. Damnok Toek, an orphanage in Cambodia that rescues and rehabilitates thousands of trafficked children, is the current beneficiary of our philanthropy.


Entry #44

Credit: Amy K. Fellows

In Cambodia, an artisan uses the same methods that have been used for generations to weave silk. The material will later be made into handbags for Malia Designs, a Fair Trade Federation member.


Entry #45

Credit: MayaWorks

MayaWorks’ artisan partner, Margarita stands outside her pig pen in Tecpán, Guatemala. Margarita purchased pigs through her MayaWorks’ microcredit loan. MayaWorks’ provides small microcredit loans to their artisan partners so they can earn income beyond what they can through creating handicrafts. MayaWorks’ microcredit participants also receive business trainings.


Entry #46

Credit: MayaWorks

MayaWorks’ artisan partner, Marta, joyfully sets her loom to start weaving fabric for an order of wine bags. Marta is a master weaver from the Xetonox community located in Tecpán, Guatemala. The income Marta earns from creating MayaWorks’ products allows her to better support herself, her family and her community.


Entry #47

Credit: Global Goods Partners

Friends International works with parents of former street children in Cambodia to create Fair Trade jewelry using recycled products. The organization serves 1,800 families, providing health care and vocational training, while the income generation program allows parents to earn a living so their children are able to go to school.


Entry #48

Credit: Mata Traders

Mata Traders partners with women’s cooperatives in India to produce women’s apparel. This is the Mumbai neighborhood where one of those cooperatives is located. There are over 400 cooperative members, and most of them live here in one-room homes. Water is collected from communal sources throughout the area.


Entry #49

Credit: Mata Traders

To produce our Fair Trade clothing, Mata Traders partners with a women’s cooperative in Mumbai that provides scholarships to members’ children to pay for school fees, uniforms, and supplies.


Entry #50

Credit: Mata Traders

Members of a women’s cooperative in Rajasthan, India enjoying a chai tea and a laugh during a work break. Mata Traders partners with this cooperative and others throughout India to produce fair trade clothing and accessories.


Entry #51

Credit: Nomi Network

Nomi Network creates job and training opportunities for survivors and women at-risk of human trafficking. This is Sok (changed for protection), a Cambodia woman who sews our Buy Her Bag Not Her Body ® collection. She participated in Project Beauty, our self-esteem enhancing photo shoot and makeover session.


Entry #52

Credit: Global Mamas

A few people from Latitudes Fair Trade Store visited one of their favorite producers, “Global Mamas” in Ghana. Here, “Mama” Fostina smiles in the background as visitors take in the beauty of her colorful jewelry at the bead market in Krobo. Global Mamas transforms the lives of women in Africa by creating sustainable income opportunities which lead to financial independence.


Entry #53

Credit: Jean Louis Brocart / Sindyanna of Galilee

Olive picking in a Fair Trade Organic certified olive grove of Hussein family in the Arab village of Deir Hana in the Galilee, Israel. Hana Hussein and her daughter Asala participate in harvesting the olives. The harvest was good and the Fair Trade and organic certifications gaurantee good prices for the farmers.


Entry #54

Credit: Jean Louis Brocart / Sindyanna of Galilee

Olive picking in a Fair Trade Organic certified olive grove of Hussein family in the Arab village of Deir Hana in the Galilee, Israel. Asala Hussein helps her family to harvest the olives. IMO Fair for Life certification guarantees fair, stable prices for the farmers and the best production conditions for top quality Extra Virgin olive oil.


Entry #55

Credit: SERRV

Daughter of an embroiderer at St. Mary’s, a SERRV partner for over 20 years, who is committed to improving the lives of women and their families in Ahmedabad, India. The women artisans jointly manage profits and receive benefits in the form of a savings plan, school scholarships for their children, and technical courses to upgrade their skills.


Entry #56

Credit: SERRV

Nonhlanhla and Thembi Dlamini, highly skilled master basket weavers. In Swaziland, a country that struggles with high HIV/AIDS rates and widespread poverty, SERRV partner Tintsaba gives hundreds of women the opportunity to learn new skills and enrich their lives.


Entry #57

Credit: SERRV

Upasana Sharma and her mother, part of a family of stone carvers The Sharma family runs a Fair Trade stone carving workshop in Agra, India. Through a SERRV donation project, the Sharmas and other artisan families in India were presented with solar lanterns to use in their homes when electricity frequently fails.


Entry #58

Credit: RICE, Inc.

Children of Terrace Farmers, Barlig, Mountain Province, Philippines. During the Fortan (Inheritance Festival), Vicky Garcia of RICE, Inc. and the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project challenges the 4th, 5th and 6th graders of Barlig Elementary School with the question: “Who will tell your story about your terraces, culture and families?”


Entry #59

Credit: Vicky Garcia, RICE Inc.

Quality Control workshop for heirloom rice, Hungduan, Ifugao, Philippines. Proper handling and processing make a difference when preparing their heirloom rice for the gourmet food market. During the quality control workshops sponsored by RICE, Inc and Eighth Wonder, farmers inspect the quality of the rice grains before threshing.


Entry #60

Credit: Vicky Garcia, RICE, Inc.

Chong-ak rice farmers of Pasil, Kalinga, Philippines. Members of the Rice Terraces Farmers Cooperative (Kalinga) improve their processing skills through Quality Control trainings sponsored by RICE, Inc. and Eighth Wonder. With assistance from the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project, the chong-ak variety of rice has been listed on the Slow Food Foundation’s international registry of culturally significant foods.


Entry #61

Credit: Rare Tea Republic

Tumsong Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India. Tea pluckers at Tumsong Estate rise early to harvest the most tender and flavorful leaves each morning. Fair Trade funds afford workers benefits like health care, education, opportunity and high quality plucking baskets that preserve the quality of the leaf.


Entry #62

Credit: Rare Tea Republic

Chamong Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India. The steep growing terrain and tea fields that reach into the clouds give Darjeeling tea its famous muscatel flavor. Here at Chamong Estate, organic agriculture and Fair Trade ensure that the land and the people responsible for this world renowned tea are sustained for generations.


Entry #63

Credit: Ten Thousand Villages Canada

Artisan Coreña and her husband Yeliver create beautiful tagua nut jewellery in Sosote, Ecuador.


Entry #64

Credit: Ten Thousand Villages Canada

Tailor Kokila Pius works with St. Mary’s Mahila Shikshan Kendra in Ahmedabad, India. The St. Mary’s embroidery workshop unites Hindu, Muslim, and Christian women in a common purpose: the skilful creation of traditional needlework. The most significant fruits of their labour are the confidence and dignity that come with earning an income.


Entry #65

Credit: Ten Thousand Villages Canada

Anjana Bharat embroiders with St. Mary’s Mahila Shikshan Kendra in Ahmedabad, India. The St. Mary’s embroidery workshop unites Hindu, Muslim, and Christian women in a common purpose: the skilful creation of traditional needlework. The most significant fruits of their labour are the confidence and dignity that come with earning an income.


Entry #66

Credit: Better Way Imports

Once the victim of sex trafficking in Calcutta, India, this woman is now free! No longer standing in line to be sold, this woman now is smiling and laughing. Her joy has been restored, as has her dignity through the Fair Trade wage she now receives.


Entry #67

Credit: WorldFinds

Artisans enjoying their work making beaded earrings for WorldFinds in Sultan Puri, India. Each woman is taught the skills to make these beautiful pieces, which helps improve her life. The cooperative provides safe working conditions, fair wages, community development, and sustainable support for their families.


Entry #68

Credit: WorldFinds

Neelam and her fellow artisans are shown taking a break from beading necklaces at their women’s group. Fair Trade makes it possible for mothers to contribute to their family’s income with dignity while caring for their children. In Sultan Puri, India.


Entry #69

Credit: WorldFinds

Guddiya (center) is able to complete some finishing stitch work on a recycled sari bag while her daughter plays nearby. She earns a sustainable, fair wage that supports her family, while helping to give new life to a traditional textile. Bimla (at left) is working part time to help contribute to her upcoming wedding. In Northern New Delhi, India.


Entry #70

Credit: Dolma Fair Trade/Jonah Kessel

Ranthambore, India. Fair trade empowers women to earn fair wages in safe conditions, to receive an education and most importantly a sense of self worth. Dolma Fair Trade’s artisans reap the benefits of the Fair Trade model. Their families and their community are uplifted.


Entry #71

Credit: Dolma Fair Trade/Jonah Kessel

Dolma Fair Trade’s talented artisans express their cultural heritage in their beautiful block-printed and embroidered table linens as well as the henna on their hands. Fair trade helps protect art forms that are celebrated around the world.


Entry #72

Credit: Global Mamas

Love your product, know your producer, change her life. Gertrude Hackman, seamstress for the lovely Sweetheart dress, works in Cape Coast, Ghana. To Global Mamas it’s simple, fair trade equals school fees paid, nutritional needs met, health care costs covered, environmental impact limited and ultimately, women like Gertrude empowered.


Entry #73

Credit: Global Mamas

Love your product, know your producer, change her life. Patricia Tandoh, batiker of the popular Circle Fans design, works in Cape Coast, Ghana. To Global Mamas it’s simple, Fair Trade equals school fees paid, nutritional needs met, health care costs covered, environmental impact limited and ultimately, women like Patricia empowered.


Entry #74

Credit: Global Mamas

As part of Global Mamas commitment to the women of Ghana, the organization hosts volunteers who give their time, talent and mentorship to the producers. Volunteers have provided hands-on training in Fair Trade, business, design and production, which strengthened the ability of the women entrepreneurs to better manage their growing enterprises.


Entry #75

Credit: HandCrafting Justice

These women hand-make cards at this income generating project in Gros Morne, Haiti. These women are able to feed, clothe, and educate their children through the fair wages they earn at this project.


Entry #76

Credit: HandCrafting Justice

A woman sits outside in Kampala, Uganda, as she weaves a mat from banana fibers. The Fair Trade mats the women at this income-generating project make, bring them a fair wage and sustainable income.


Entry #77

Credit: HandCrafting Justice

A woman from an income-generating project in Itagua, Paraguay, creating a piece of Nanduti. Nanduti is a traditional art form using 72 symbols that hold strong cultural significance in Paraguay’s daily life. Women at this project earn a fair wage for their work, while keeping their cultural traditions alive.


Entry #78

Credit: Partners for Just Trade

Antonia earns money from knitting stuffed animals like this cute tiger her baby is holding. She is part of El Mercurio, a Fair Trade group of over 40 supportive women in rural Peru who meet every day to knit the animals and finger puppets offered by Partners for Just Trade.


Entry #79

Credit: Partners for Just Trade

Women in the group Tupaq Yupanki review an upcoming order. Partners for Just Trade works with rural women in the Peruvian Andes to help them turn their knitting skill into a trade. Not only do they earn an income, but they also say they gain more respect from their husbands.


Entry #80

Credit: Handmade Expressions

Qasim is a bell making artisan from the Bhuj region of Western India. Traditionally bells were used for herders to identify their cattle. Although this technique is still used today, artisans began producing them for export after a devastating earthquake.


Entry #81

Credit: Handmade Expressions

Upcycled plastic bags are crafted from post-consumer shopping bags. Artisans in the Kutch region of India developed this concept, then were trained on how to create threads out of plastic that are woven together to create new functional products.


Entry #82

Credit: Handmade Expressions

Block-printing is a traditional art form in the Bhuj region of Western India. Using a chisel and hammer, a master craftsman carves intricate designs onto a wooden block that then leaves an impression of the design onto fabric.


Entry #83

Credit: Matt Monroe/Choice Organic Teas

A tea garden worker weighs her harvest for the day at a Fair Trade tea estate in Darjeeling. Fair Trade premiums have provided workers with a community library, daycare and university stipends for children, and microfinance credit to purchase livestock.


Entry #84

Credit: Woven Promises

Woven Promises is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Our basketweavers in Namibia have learned their traditional craft from their mothers and grandmothers. These beautiful baskets are made from sustainable palm plants, natural dyes and help to support their families, while keeping girls in school.


Entry #85

Credit: Woven Promises

Woven Promises is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Our basketweavers in Namibia have learned their traditional craft from their mothers and grandmothers. These beautiful baskets are made from sustainable palm plants, natural dyes and help to support their families, while keeping girls in school.