Apr 25, 2018

A Sincere Thank You!

Dear Friends,

Thank you kindly for all your support over the last couple years - we have been able to see some great achievements, and we're still going strong! 

Because of your contribution:

  • We were able to launch the first ever Pan African Summit + Trade Expo for Women-Led Social Enterprises in the Craft and Natural Cosmetics Sectors. 
  • We were able to build a community of stakeholders from around the world who share a common mission
  • We launched as a Trade+Impact Association, a global trade association breaking down the barriers to trade and investment for women-led social enterprises across Africa and the Middle East in our two focus sectors
  • We will host our second annual event in Nairobi, Kenya this coming September!

None of this would be possible without your support so once again THANK YOU! This will be our final report through GlobalGiving - but we won't be going anywhere!

We have some great things happening so please be sure to stay in touch and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and through our newsletter. If you would like to contact us directly please do at info@tradeplusimpact.org 

Lots of love,

Trade+Impact Team

Apr 13, 2018

Progress: Moving Forward Together

Team of Swazi Candles, a Founding Member of SWIFT
Team of Swazi Candles, a Founding Member of SWIFT

Progress is a goal to celebrate as well as a process to build upon. The mission of Swaziland Fair Trade is to eradicate poverty by helping to create quality jobs for women, while assisting in skills development to ensure sustainability, growth and job fulfillment for producers.  Swaziland Fair Trade has been steadfast in this mission, which has yielded some impressive results. To date, there are 2795 people in the SWIFT family, 97% of whom are women. There are also 144 peer educators helping to share their knowledge in growing ethical and sustainable businesses, 77 registered business working with SWIFT, and over 1800 hours of training delivered by SWIFT staff alone.

In measuring our recent growth among SWIFT members, since 2011 there has been a 47% increase in wages and producer income and a 49% average increase in sales. We have also worked to help in training 30 new micro enterprises and generating 25 new businesses since 2011, which has led to the creation of 517 new jobs in Swaziland. The significance of these statistics cannot be downplayed, as we must remember that each new job that is created and every increase in income represents a significant positive change in the life of a women, and consequently, her family and her community.

In reflecting on the progress we have made, we would be remiss if we did recognize the efforts of all of those outside of our Mbabane office as well as those outside of Swaziland in helping up to make a positive difference in the lives of women. Swaziland Fair Trade is more than an association, it is a family made up of individuals from around the world who didn’t just dare to dream that we can make a change, but who are actively responsible for change.

The SWIFT Family is not static. We are continuing to work, learn and grow with each other so that with each new day we can make one more step towards eradicating poverty. To all those who have helped us to get to where we are now and whose ardent commitment will surely help us to get to where we need to be, we sincerely thank you. To all of those who believe in our mission but are just now discovering the work of Swaziland Fair Trade, we would like to let you know that the SWIFT Family welcomes you, and we can’t wait to see the progress that we will make together.

Please follow us on:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SwazilandFairTrade

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/swazilandfairtrade/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/SwaziFairTrade

Website - http://www.swazifairtrade.org/

Jan 11, 2018

Happy New Year from Trade+Impact!

A New Year is about new goals and dreams, new initiatives and achievements. 

We want to wish all our donors, members, partners, buyers, sellers and investors in the craft and natural cosmetics sectors great success in fulfilling their dreams this year and we hope we are a part of that journey with you in 2018.

We have many new goals and dreams for T+I, so stay tuned!

Want to Read More from Trade+Impact?
Check out our blog! Read about the personal and moving story of the development of Trade+Impact in our Executive Director, Kathleen's own words in the first of a three part series. 

We're All About Collaboration
Trade+Impact helped to link up two of our members for an exciting collaboration. Sabahar heard about and submitted a successful application for Abury's Design Exchange through Trade+Impact following our inaugural summit in Morocco - the results of their encounter have been beyond amazing. Learn more about their collaboration here.

What's New in Our Community?
Our member and Vice Chairperson of our Board launched her book, Whispers of Faith in December. Megha shares her self reflections and quotes,that allow us to turn "darkness into gold". Visit the official website here to learn more!

Join Us!
Did you know you can still join our association if you're not a seller or buyer in craft + natural cosmetics? We have a Friend Membership which is great for individuals who want to support the movement! Check out our member benefits here

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