What is Fair Trade?
Poverty reduction through trade.
Remove income insecurity from craft artisans lives.
Targets the disadvantaged & marginalised groups.
Fair Price for customers & artisans.
A price that is fair but can be sustained by the market.
Does Not maximize Profit at the expense of artisans.
Profit is passed back to the community (projects/ training).
Long term honest relationships
Mutual Respect, transparency & accountability.
Conscious of the Environment
Raw materials from sustainable managed sources.
Seeking to reduce energy consumption in production.
Hand Made Fair Trade - Please shop with the true spirit of giving by buying hand made Fair Trade gifts.
When travelling in a foreign country, especially in a country poorer than our own, we come face to face with the difficulties of finding memorable and conscientious gifts for our loved ones. We are inundated with a clutter of choice that makes us disorientated. Shopping at times can become hectic and stressful with vendors trying to push things on us that we don’t want. In the confusion we can forget ourselves brutally haggling over something worth less than $5 when we should be asking who made this and for how much. If the idea of helping those less fortunate appeals to you, then you need to buy Fair Trade! For those that venture into Uganda Crafts 2000 they will be rewarded with a colourful treasure throve of Fair Trade crafts. You will soon discover a meaningful gift- one truly inspired by your holiday in Uganda.
Fair Trade is a different kind of trade based on honesty, respect and fair wages for producers. It is an attempt to answer the question: Why should those that make crafts suffer when middlemen make large profits? Fair Trade organisations cut middlemen out, offer better trading conditions and security for workers. They actively support and develop low income artisans believing that lives can improve through trade. In a Fair Trade shop the sustainable well being of the artisans is just as important as the satisfaction of the customers.
Some visitors to Uganda Crafts learn about Fair Trade in more tangible ways like Lauren Parnell, from the US. She transformed banana stems and dyed raffia into a stout and sturdy basket, though she says her work came up a little short. “It’s the ugliest basket you’ll ever see. I would have rejected it if I had been doing a quality check [for the shop]. My fingers are killing me…It’s good that your business is paying people what they deserve, it makes me sick to think that they could be earning less elsewhere”.
Does Fair Trade actually work? Yes but don’t take my word for it – read about some of our artisans.