Fair Trade Winds
Artisan Organization:Fair Trade Winds
We were familiar with fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate through buying and selling these products at our church for many years, through Lutheran World Relief. But where could we buy other fair trade products and gifts? Our curiosity lead us to discover the Fair Trade Federation of North America, and we immediately connected with a committed group of fair trade wholesalers and who work with countless artisan groups in various parts of the world. We wanted to share and promote these beautiful, handmade treasures in the communities in which we live and work, so that fair trade products could be more easily accessible to everyone. We started small by selling products locally at fairs, events, and churches. Eventually, we invested in a retail space and Fair Trade Winds was born. Purchasing fair trade products marks a distinguished path towards equality, sustainability, and positive change. This direct, non-discriminatory relationship helps artisans, families, and communities become self-sustaining. We provide a market for fair trade commodities and crafts so artisans and farmers can improve their lives. They are given the tools to invest time and money into their talents, land, families, community, healthcare, and education."