Minga Fair Trade Imports was founded by Christopher Keefe in 1997 as The Christopher Connection. It began during his time living in Ecuador from 1995-2004 with the goal of improving education in Ecuador, increasing public knowledge of fair trade in the United States, and supporting the concept of a sharing wage. This provides the artisan with enough money to pay for essential expenses, and enough to reinvest in their families and their communities.
The company name was changed to Minga Manufacturers in 2002 to reflect Chris’ involvement with the design and production of the clothing and products. Minga Manufacturers worked with local textile producers to distribute Ecuadorian products throughout the coastal towns and cities to help boost the economy and esteem of the people.
The name was changed to Minga Fair Trade Imports in 2004 when the company moved back to the United States. The business began with a humble start, working out of a friend's basement and has since grown to serve over 500 clients all over the country.
Minga Fair Trade Imports works with retailers in more than 20 states, and many master artisans in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia.
Behind the Name:
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. Minga is a word that fits the goals we accomplish every day.