Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability.
Fair trade focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, mostly handicrafts and agricultural products.
Producers and Workers
Fair trade works with marginalized producers and workers to help them move from a position of vulnerability to economic self-sufficiency.
In June 2008, it was estimated that over 7.5 million disadvantaged producers and their families were benefiting from fair trade funded infrastructure, technical assistance, and community development projects.
In the indigenous South American language of Quechua, Minga means “communal work day”. When people form a Minga, they come together and work toward a common goal that benefits those involved.