6 Earth-Changing Investments
You Can Make This Fair Trade Month

October is Fair Trade Month, and GlobalGiving is celebrating how our nonprofit partners promote the values of fair trade, such as fairness, accountability, transparency, and environmental sustainability. Together, our partners and the farmers and artisans they support achieve incredible results for their communities with a small amount of resources.

From $10 to $100, here are our favorite small investments in fair trade that have a big return—join us in celebrating Fair Trade Month by investing in one of our fair trade partners or sharing their stories with your network!

1. $10 provides transportation costs to train an artisan in her community in Mexico.

Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles

Proyecto Impacto Consultores works with Mayan women to improve production of textile handicrafts and increases their access to ethical and fair trade markets.

Invest $10 Now


2. $20 provides supplies (thread, scissors, charcoal iron, soap) needed for one workshop for artisans in Madagascar.

Artisan training for women in Madagascar

Conservation through Poverty Alleviation
provides artisan training workshops to put financial power in the hands of women of rural households in Madagascar.

Invest $20 Now


3. $24 provides a solar lamp for an artisan to bead at night and generate income in Guatemala.

Guatemala Housing Alliance works to empower women and instill in them an entrepreneurial spirit through our women's artisan program. Made up of mostly single mothers, the group works to make intricate bracelets and other products using beads. The objective of this program is not only to give the women sufficient funds to provide for their families, but also to show them financial and personal independence.

Invest $24 Now


4. $40 helps native artisans create a natural dye garden in the Amazon.

Support native artisans and rain forests in the Amazon

The Center for Amazon Ecology
promotes planting, sustainable harvest, and sale of non-forest timber products, including fair trade handicrafts.

Invest $40 Now


5. $50 provides a bicycle for artisans to bring products to a retail site in Cambodia.

Artisan Associations of Cambodia

World Rehabilitation Fund
provides technical assistance and training to Cambodians to help them develop quality products and effective marketing strategies.

Invest $50 Now


6. $100 buys one non-electric sewing machine for one woman in a sewing cooperative in Peru.

Support native artisans and rain forests in the Amazon

pairs fashion designers with artisan cooperatives in Peru to create innovative, market-ready products.

Invest $100 Now


 How You Can Help

    1. Share this article on Facebook or Twitter to spread the word about the impact everyday choices can have on the globe.
    2. Support one of the six high-impact, grassroots nonprofit organizations listed above that promote fairness and contribute to poverty alleviation.
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