Why is fair-trade so important?
The global economic climate is one which prioritizes mass production and cheap prices, often exploiting artisans with low wages and unsafe working conditions.
Fair trade means artisans are fully compensated for their time, skills, and artesanías at prices they set themselves. For many, these skills are part of indigenous traditions passed down through generations.
Cooperative members, of which many are women and/or indigenous peoples, achieve financial stability through gainful, safe, and dignified work, enabling families and communities to stay together and achieve a better living at home, in their own villages.
Concern America’s craft program began as a way to uphold our mission of investing in community members and groups where we work. By building stronger economic foundations, we can help create a positive impact on their livelihoods, their families, and their communities and transform need into self-sufficiency.
Transformation from Within
Honoring Culture & Technique
Stewardship with Artisans
Hear the impact of this work
Cooperative members are also leaders, and they have initiated and supported other efforts to improve their communities including a center for children needing psychological support, clean drinking water through home water filters, sustainable agriculture, educational opportunities for women, and so much more.