Fair Trade Brand of the Month: Mata Traders

The brand’s mission is to “fashion a better world”.  Their artisan cooperatives are similar to social service agencies, they strive to end the cycle of poverty for the members and their families.  Their membership package includes health care, paid maternity leave, retirement pensions and daycare.  There are social workers on staff to assist artisans in addressing their personal needs, from opening a bank account to situations of domestic violence and dealing with HIV/AIDS.  Various classes and workshops on topics such as hygiene, nutrition, and parenting are also available.  All of the education support really made a difference in the life of the artisans.

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Lolo Santosa
Fair Trade Valentine's Gifts That Truly Show Love

Whether or not you celebrate Valentine's Day, it's always a good reminder to acknowledge the love in your life, both for yourself and for others. So if you're shopping for someone special, want to show a friend or relative that you care, or need to shower yourself in a little more affection, we've put together some Fair Trade gift ideas from women-owned businesses, ranging from $10 - $200 so you can find the perfect item for any budget or body. 

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blogSica Schmitz
The Fair Trade Gift Guide

We love giving, and how we give matters. This year, the average American consumer will spend almost $1,000 on holiday shopping, so each of us has a powerful opportunity to use our purchasing power to give gifts that create the world we want to live in by supporting fair wages, small businesses, and global artisans.

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gift guide, blogSica Schmitz