Fair Trade matters. It impacts one of the most vexing problems of our time-poverty-by empowering individual consumers to participate in the creation of a more equitable society. Those who choose to purchase Fair Trade products offer hope, justice and transformation to a world facing seemingly overwhelming challenges.
Fair Trade supports third-world artisans and their families by offering them economic opportunity and dignity in the form of just wages. When you buy fair trade items, you help artisans like this woman from Uganda earn a living, feed her family, and send her children to school. This artisan works at Uganda Crafts which provides training to help people, mostly women, use and market their skills. The organization also owns a retail store that provides jobs for people with physical disabilities. Uganda Crafts provides hope to women, disabled people, youth, and those suffering from HIV/AIDS.