Fair Trade

Fair Trade
Amani ya Juu is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
What does fair trade mean? Here is the definition from the Fair Trade Federation:
“Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system.Fair trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers lack economic opportunity and often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods.Fair trade is much more than just trade. At the core of the fair trade model is a direct, cooperative, and in-depth relationship between buyers and sellers that keeps all of the principles of fair trade at the forefront.” What does fair trade mean to Amani ya Juu?

At Amani ya Juu, we strive to move beyond fair trade. As a holistic ministry of peace-building, Amani ya Juu views fair trade as much more than equitable business practices.At Amani, fair trade means…

  • Providing a just wage that allows women not merely to survive, but to meet basic health care needs, education for their children, and adequate housing
  • Ensuring the project remains self-sustaining by not being donor-dependent — all income sustaining the operation is generated from the proceeds of the sale of products
  • Promoting peace and reconciliation in the workplace and in the community
  • Providing an emergency fund for women living on the edge of survival until they are able to improve their standard of living
  • Sharing market opportunities by partnering with other women’s groups
  • Creating an environment where women are cared for and care for one another holistically
  • Valuing local cultures and traditions, incorporating them into the philosophy and social environment of the program
  • Using local materials to support the local economy and to appreciate textile art and design
  • Accommodating work schedules to the needs and realities of the women

By implementing these standards Amani empowers and equips women who will then be able to impact their families and societies with peace and reconciliation.

Want to participate in going beyond fair trade? Volunteer to sell Amani products