2011 World Fair Trade Day

How would you like to be paid fairly for your work?

“Now, what kind of a question is that?” I hear you ask.

Of course, everyone would prefer to get a fair pay for the work they do, but, unfortunately, as you probably know, the gigantic proportion of people around the world are not lucky enough to get fair wage by their employer.

Many big international corporations are abusing (and contributing to) poor conditions and huge unemployment rates in poor countries and their corrupt governments are allowing them to pay ridiculously low wages for their work.

As a matter of fact two billion of our fellow citizens who, despite working extremely hard, survive on less than $2 per day.

I know, you don’t like it too.  Thankfully, there were many other smart, ethical and able people who did not like it either so they started a Fair Trade Organization and in order to support the case, I want to dedicate this post to all citizens on our planet who are underpaid, exploited and humiliated for the sake of the profit for their employer. And why today? Because, today is the World Fair Trade Day.

Basically, the idea behind the Fair Trade Organization is – help people from poor countries sell their products on a global market for the fair price. This will, in most of the cases, be the same prices as you would get in “normal stores” but this time, WFT inspections confirmed that the persons who made the product were fairly paid for their labor.  Sometimes these prices will be higher, but not because someone is making profit on their work, but because logistics behind getting the product to your country were expensive. However, the bottom line is that the one who made the product was fairly paid for it. So, ever since I discovered that there is an organization doing that, whenever I run into a product with this logo:

WTO Logo

I try to buy it (especially when it comes to coffee and chocolates and pralines :)).

Because, no matter how hard it is with the shortage of money these days, we all need to remember those who are having much more difficult times than us.

So, there are many stores around the world with that logo. New ones are being opened every day and that is a good sign. It means that the world is awakening. People are beginning to see what’s behind the unnatural wealth of 0,05% of the world population and the misery of 90% of the population. So, next time you run into the WFTO logo, you will know what it means.

In these stores they sell all kinds of  products: Accessories,Art, Bag, Clothing, Collectibles, Crafts and Gifts, Glassware, Home Decor, Jewelry, Pottery, Toys, Woods … but also coffee, tea, chocolates, etc… you name it.

I particularly feel for woman from undeveloped countries selling their stuff on a site like this   http://www.fromherhands.com/. Probably because I am a woman too, making my own stuff and trying to make a living out of it.

Anyways, as I said, we all want to paid fairly for our work and since I truly believe in “do onto others as you would like others to do onto you” principle, I wanted to help the cause. By buying Fair Trade products and supporting the case on my blog.

Be fair, love each other and hug the person next to you… now!



You can find more information on Fair Trade on the following links:

World Fair Trade Organization

From Her Hands