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Fair Trade Artisan Organizer Visits San Francisco Store

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 22nd May, 2012 | 4 Comments

The Global Exchange Fair Trade store in San Francisco loved hosting Lata ji from SURE, Alison from Handmade Expression, and Courtney from Fair Trade Towns!When Lata Kachhawan first went to visit the communities in rural Rajasthan, she had to walk or go by camel. There were no roads, no electricity, just miles of sand dunes to walk over. And when she finally got to the village, the few women she saw walking to the well ran away from her, scared about what an outsider might be doing there. Over twenty years later, things have changed a lot–find out how Fair Trade has been an important part of that transformation.

Is the World Cup Good or Bad for South African Artisans?

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views on 23rd June, 2010 | 3 Comments

During my 2008 buying trip in Kwa Zulu NatalThe World Cup in South Africa is a month-long series of soccer matches that is captivating audiences worldwide. For Fair Trade artisans in South Africa, they have been preparing for this event for years now. Global Exchange’s Tex Dworkin reflects on an interesting question: How is the event impacting Fair Trade artisans? Are they benefiting from the influx of tourism dollars, are artisans in surrounding countries being affected, and has the increased demand for local crafts impacted the Fair Trade model in South Africa?