Fair trade is built on love and personal connection. We wanted to share some good news!
Thanks to your support, we have been able to keep Fair Trade Winds going throughout the pandemic highs and lows. And our partners ensure that artisans continue to work and thrive. Fair trade products support sustainable lives, empower people, and uplift communities.
We are dedicated to maintaining long term-relationships built on love, mutual respect, and hope for the future. Here are some ways your dollars are at work in the world:
From our friends at Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company:
Thanks to the extra sales of much-needed coffee during the pandemic, Dean’s Beans made a donation to their farmer community in India in the Araku Valley, an area hit hard by COVID. This money was used to purchase a ventilator for the local hospital.
Here in the United States, Dean’s Beans was honored by their local Post Office in Orange, Massachusetts for supporting the community during the pandemic. Dean’s Beans donated $148,000 to the local school meals programs through our Kids Stimulus Package to combat childhood food insecurity.
From our friends at Fair Anita:
Anita (Fair Anita’s namesake) and her team in Chimbote, Peru used profits from jewelry sales and bought Christmas presents for 600 children in their community. Their deliveries were full of holiday cheer, complete with hot cocoa, and custom-made Fair Anita shirts.
From our friends at Passion Lilie
Passion Lilie partners with craftspeople in India to create ethically handmade fashion in small batches. They focus on building a more equitable workplace. While women comprise more than 60% of workers in the apparel industry in India, few ever rise to the more advanced position of tailor, which comes with higher pay. In order to encourage more women to become tailors, Passion Lilie has developed a free job training program for women, like Geetha. They have become role models for opportunity!
They also make an impact in their home of New Orleans, where their U.S. office is based. Their community was hit hard by Hurricane Ida in 2021.
Founder Katie Schmidt said that hurricanes will never drive her out of the city, because of the work that needs to be done “not just to rebuild, but to fight climate change in every action that we make.” So, they donated 15% of online sales to Hurricane Ida relief, understanding that some of these monetary donations will only provide temporary relief, with the hope to work with industry leaders to be a part of a long-term solution.
They have also taken the redistribution pledge, to honor the original stewards of the land. Instead of a holiday sale, they donated a portion of sales to the United Houman Nation in Louisiana.