We depend on hard working folks in distant villages and in suburbs of large cities. These are the craftspeople - many following in the steps of their parents and ancestors. Others making their way via entreprnurial spirit. My visits to observe their work generally lead to their homes. A sense of partnership is created quickly because personal connections are rare in the big business world. Our 'small ' orders are based on a fair exchange of energy, effort and funds. Our goal is simple - to be the favorite buyer of every artisan. We might not be the biggest but we are fair and fun - and what can be better in life?
Producers often rely on either cooperatives (of which they would be members) or NGO's (Non Government Organizations) to coordinate activity with foreign buyers. These organizations provide the crucial functions required for export management -well beyond the capacity of most artisans- while acting in partnership according the 9 principles of fair trade. Many partner organizations are members of the WFTO World Fair Trade Organization.
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