Fair Trade's impact on
producers and on Media, PA
We invest in many models of addressing poverty, and Fair Trade is a favorite. Our involvement in Fair Trade began in the late 1990s when Hal and a friend in the restaurant business visited Chiapas, Mexico to arrange the purchase of several shipping containers of Fair Trade coffee. The military did not like outsiders coming to assist farming cooperatives: Hal faced Mexican military forces the first year and paramilitary forces the next!
Since that time, the foundation has given many loans to promote Fair Trade businesses. We look forward to not promoting Fair Trade - when trading fairly becomes business as usual.
Fair Trade is about building local, healthy communities and economies in the developing world. Here are just a few of the things we like about it:
Fair Trade Live! 2008
The list of great things goes on! Learn more about Fair Trade.
World-wide, there are over 1,000 Fair Trade towns spanning five continents and 29 countries: Learn more about international Fair Trade Towns.
In 2008, we helped host the first Fair Trade Live Concert, an amazing event attended by over 5,000 people. Fair Trade Live 2013 will be held on May 5th. Plan to attend!