Celebrate World Fair Trade Day Today!

Today more than 70 countries celebrate World Fair Trade Day, a day that recognizes the value of fair trade to transform the lives of farmers and artisans. Over half of the world’s fair trade artisans are women, many of whom are the sole income-earners for themselves and their children. Fair trade empowers artisans to use their unique gifts to support their families and preserve their cultural heritage for future generations. It is an incredible movement and one I’m proud to be part of.

I’ve been highlighting a fair trade product every day this week (and will next week as well) as part of Fair Trade Fortnight. For World Fair Trade Day I bring you some images of the women who make Bambootique’s handicrafts. Because of these women’s involvement in fair trade their lives are richer and they enrich our lives with their beautiful work.

This is Nurali, from Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Her family was affected by the tsunami in 2004 and she now has a good job making beautiful handbags with Laga Handbags.

Anna is from Liberia, West Africa. She is one of the members of a brand new coconut oil cooperative, an essential ingredient to make fair trade skincare products. We continue to donate 20% of proceeds from skincare product purchases through May 17th to help this co-op buy needed processing equipment to get started.

Ritu is a gifted jewelry crafter and a single mother in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her handiwork empowers her to care for herself and her young daughter.

And in the spirit of friendly competition, here’s a list of a few of my favorite national and Portland-area fair traders who also specialize in handicrafts:

Ten Thousand Villages
914 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209

Global Exchange
3508 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

Global Sistergoods

Small Planet Trading
202 Cascade Avenue, Suite B
Hood River, Oregon

Happy World Fair Trade Day and happy fair trade shopping!

Coming next week: More fair trade product reviews on products you may be surprised to know are available fairly traded!