Fair Trade Bazaar
Our annual Fair Trade Bazaar, typically held on the first full weekend in December, offers opportunity to cross off some gifts on your holiday to-buy list—as well as browse for yourself!—all while shopping for a difference.
Folk art, ceramics, textiles, baskets, jewelry, leather goods, coffee, and chocolate are just some of the many items that have been offered by vendors in previous years.
The sales at last year’s Fair Trade Bazaar benefited people in more than thirty countries. In doing so, those proceeds supported more than forty families with a year’s income, allowing them
in turn to provide food, housing, education, and health care for their families. So come shop for gifts that give twice!
Why Fair Trade?
The annual income of the richest 1 percent is equal to that of the poorest 57 percent. Each day, 24,000 people die from poverty and malnutrition.
What Is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a competitive business model that builds equitable, long-term partnerships between consumers in developed areas and producers in developing regions. It seeks to alleviate poverty and sustain development, creating opportunities for producers who have been marginalized by the conventional trading system.
Principles of Fair Trade Businesses
• Pay a fair wage in the local context
• Offer employees opportunities for advancement
• Provide equal opportunities for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged
• Emphasize gender equality
• Engage in environmentally sustainable practices
• Practice transparent and accountable business procedures
• Build long-term trade relationships
• Provide healthy and safe working conditions within the local context
• Provide financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible
For more information about the Fair Trade Bazaar at Fourth Church, contact Vicky Curtiss.
We also invite you to take part in our many other Advent and Christmas opportunities.