In a previous post, I wrote about landing what could potentially be a dream job for me. I can say that so far I really enjoy my job. I know that I’ve just started and I still have much to learn but what I’ve been taught so far has really peaked my interest.
What is fair trade?
According to the dictionary, fair trade is “trade between companies in developed countries and producers in developing countries in which fair prices are paid to the producers.” Basically, my store buys handmade products from developing countries such as Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, and so on. By buying these handmade items, we are supporting families in these countries. Then, we sell these products in our store and use the profits from our sales to donate to causes that bring clean water to underdeveloped areas, provide food for hungry families, and help provide education.
Today I learned that we buy handmade soaps and candles from women who escaped human trafficking. Just another reason to be passionate about working at a fair trade store. I love it. I love talking to my customers about it. I love learning about it, too.
Not only do we help out developing countries, we help in our own backyard as well. We help with environmental projects, abuse prevention, and violence prevention.
I urge you to shop in fair trade stores. You’ll find unique items there. Baskets, candle holders, birdhouses, windchimes, pillows, scarves, soapstone carvings, journals… I could go on and on.
Working at this particular store has improved my mental health significantly. I’m the kind of person who will give my all to help someone in need. Ask the people I surround myself with. They’ve seen the lengths I’ll go to just to help a friend. By working here, by purchasing these awesome items, by donating to different causes, I am helping people on a much larger scale.
And. I. Love. It.