Handwriting by Marisa Mangum
Happy World Fair Trade Day! World Fair Trade Day is a day that celebrates and recognizes the Fair Trade Movement and its efforts in combating poverty, exploitation, and climate change and promoting ethical and responsible consumption. Fair trade has two sides: production and consumption.
The Little Market is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation, which describes fair trade as “an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system.” The Little Market is a nonprofit that was founded to empower women around the world by offering products made using fair trade practices.
Through fair trade practices, artisans, farmworkers, and craftspeople in marginalized and vulnerable populations are paid a sustainable income for their work. Fair wages help these individuals and their families rise above poverty. Through our online platform, the artisans reach a wider market to which they can sell their products.
Members of the Fair Trade Federation are committed to practicing the nine primary fair trade principles outlined by the organization. They are:
- Create opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers
- Develop transparent and accountable relationships
- Build capacity
- Promote fair trade
- Pay promptly and fairly
- Support safe and empowering work conditions
- Ensure the rights of children
- Cultivate environmental stewardship
- Respect cultural identity
We are extremely grateful for the support of our loyal customers and their conscious shopping practices as well as the hard work and dedication of our artisan partners. Join us in celebrating and supporting fair trade!
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