Just Coffee is a 100% fair trade coffee roaster that is passionate about Fair Trade, building sustainable economies, and being politically involved both locally and globally. A visit to a Mayan coffee cooperative in the state of Chiapas, Mexico convinced Just Coffee that sales of coffee in the U.S. could help struggling coffee farmers in the developing world. They set out to build a coffee company and another way of doing business that would link themselves with small coffee farmer organizations working for social and economic justice. In addition to coffee from Chiapas, Just Coffee now imports green beans from cooperatives around the world, including Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Ethiopia, Laos and Indonesia. They are proud to be a cooperatively-run...
In many parts of Indonesia, rural families have increasingly had to migrate to find work to support their families. Pekerti, the Indonesian People's Handicraft Foundation Marketing Service, has been working since 1975 to preserve traditional Indonesian handcrafts skills and to promote income-generating projects among the rural, enabling them to remain in their villages with their families. In 1978 they founded Pekerti Nusantara, a non-profit trading company to help artisans find markets. The income from craft production that Pekerti has generated over its 30 years of experience has become a major source of support for many families. Pekerti also offers support to artisan groups in the areas of cooperative philosophy, new product development, and financial management. They have had programs that...
Turqle Trading is committed to creating jobs in a country with astounding rates of unemployment: 60% of black women in South Africa and half of the nation's youth are unable to find jobs. This means many families lack sufficient income to provide themselves with food, shelter, and education for their children.
Not only does Turqle Trading provide employment for nearly 500 South Africans, but it encourages them to develop their skills and knowledge through various educational classes such as health care and personal budgeting. These classes enable the employees to better plan for the future of their families and to prepare for unexpected expenses.
Manos Amigas is a fair trade organization that works with small artisan organizations throughout Peru. By supporting artisans through training and finding markets for their products, they help to preserve the variety of handcraft traditions of Peru.
Manos Amigas, which means 'hands of friendship', gives twenty percent of its profits of help fund social welfare projects, like school scholarships, uniforms, and a feeding program for poor children. They work with 6 artisan associations and 70 family workshops in the Lima area and outlying rural villages. Artisans affiliated with Manos Amigas benefit from advances on their orders, technical assistance, help with new product design and training in areas such as administration, accounting, and production.
Bombolulu Workshops is located in Mombasa, Kenya, and works with over 100 disabled men and women artisans to help them overcome their physical limitations and empower them economically and socially to become fully integrated members of their communities.
Bombolulu started in 1969 as a rehabilitation project sponsored by the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya. Bombolulu Workshops provides artisans with training in jewelry making, screen printing, wood carving and crafting to provide them with a dignified way of earning an income. They also provide housing and assistance with medical care.
Bombolulu's motto is 'Disability is not Inability.' Serrv has been working with Bombolulu since the mid-1980s.