Join us on May 10th from 3pm- 7pm at NOLA Food Co-Op for a pop-up store of Passion Lilie and Cadeaux Collective products, sampling of fair trade tasty treats and a fun hand block printing activity for the children.
The fair trade movement began just after WWII when a small group of Mennonites began buying handicrafts from impoverished regions of Puerto Rico and Europe. This group, now called Ten Thousand Villages, is one of the largest fair trade retailers and distributors of handicrafts in the United States.
I love the fair trade story not only because of its socially based mission, but also because my ancestors were German Mennonites. I like to believe that I was destined to be a promoter and designer of fair trade goods.
A common misconception is that fair trade is charity. It is not. It is a trade-based movement that focuses on creating long-term relationships based on transparency, trust and respect. By paying fair wages, creating safe working conditions and offering training centers for those in developing countries, we can help to alleviate the cycle of poverty and create sustainable livelihoods, which lead to better communities and a better world.
May 10th is international Fair Trade Day and this year the theme is Fair Trade People. We will be honoring both the producers and consumers- meaning YOU.
We are grateful for your support and love of our products and our mission.