Women of Fair Trade
Every Donation Matters
Many special women help make Fair Trade successful here in the United States and around the world. You probably know some of those women yourself!
Women farmers and workers are leading their families and communities out of poverty thanks to selling their coffee, bananas or cocoa on Fair Trade terms. They are running profitable Fair Trade cooperatives, creating community programs and sending their children to school. (Like this CONACADO worker pictured here on the right.)
In the Dominican Republic, cocoa cooperative CONACADO used Fair Trade earnings to form a Women’s Community Group. They help women jump-start small businesses like selling crafts or making jam. The cooperative also dedicated Fair Trade funds and volunteer time to build a playground for local kids and an aqueduct system.
Here in the United States, women are buying and selling Fair Trade Certified products, spreading the word, and even making charitable donations to support Fair Trade USA.
Lauren Van Ham is the Chair of the Fair Trade Berkeley committee. She provided the dedication, spark, and energy that made Berkeley, CA the 19th Fair Trade Town in the USA.
"I first learned about Fair Trade Certified products from a minister friend who had begun serving and selling Fair Trade coffee at his church. The more I learned about the Fair Trade, the more enthusiastic I became. I'm committed to living a sustainable lifestyle to help ensure a sustainable future for all people - Fair Trade does this by taking care of farmers and workers, their communities, and the earth and its resources."
Kimberly McCain explains her commitment to Fair Trade, “I found out about Fair Trade Certified when I signed up to be a Mark. Products representative. I read up on all the wonderful things that Fair Trade has done for the world and wanted to be a part of this.
Now I spread the word to everyone I can about the benefits of using Fair Trade Certified ingredients. I love being a monthly donor and knowing that I am doing my part and being a part of something bigger.”
Kimberly's donations allow Fair Trade USA, an independent nonprofit, to reach across borders and connect hardworking cooperatives like CONACADO with life-changing opportunities in the Fair Trade network.