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'Fighting poverty through trade'

A simple statement, it leads into the complex organisation that Traidcraft is today. It means .....

  • paying people in the "third world" fair prices

  • giving them credit when they need it

  • working together for a better future

Millions of families in developing countries don't get a fair share of the wealth created by their own skill and effort and the resources of their land. This is largely because of the way international trade is controlled by the rich countries. It's a system which is both unjust and a major cause of continuing world poverty.

Traidcraft is working to change this injustice, by creating opportunities - for the poor in the "third world" to work their way to a better quality of life, and for people here to join a movement for change that's working for the fairer conduct of international trade.

For producers in the "third world" trading fairly means a number of things:

  • it means they can look forward to receiving a fair price for their skill and effort and the crops they produce. Too often, in the free market, they are exploited and fail to benefit. Getting a fair price means they can often do the things we take for granted, like sending the kids to school, or going to see the doctor, without worry over how they can afford it.

  • it means where necessary, they can get access to credit at reasonable rates. Many producers are crippled, not necessarily by the low prices they get for their goods, but by the high rates of interest charged by moneylenders. Where necessary, Traidcraft will give advance payments so that producers can buy raw materials without resorting to moneylenders.

  • it means they can look forward to a long-term relationship that is a real partnership on both sides, taking into account their interests, not just the interests of those buying their products. That means they know they can plan for the future.


These are just a few reasons why fair trade is such a challenging, revolutionary and important idea, and why we must encourage people to join the fight for justice in international trade.

You can do your bit by asking to be shown the selection of 'FairTrade' items at your local Supermarket.  If they do not have any 'FairTrade' items ask why not!

Contact us for more information about Traidcraft and fairly traded goods.

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