為了讓孩子有更美好的將來，我會把多出來的收入拿來付孩子的高中學費。公平貿易真的帶了很多好處給我們！」Joyce Chibouro是住在馬拉維的庶糖農民，她更是Traidcraft的糖供應商The Kasinthula Cane Growers’ Association (KCG)的會員。2004年，Traidcraft到當地教導農民關於公平貿易知識的概念，又指導他們如何運用公平貿易所帶來的額外收入去改善社區生活。此額外收入幫助了當地農民去犁地、找到穩定供應的電力和食水。
TRAIDCRAFT DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES
Joyce Chibouro is a cane grower and a member of Kasinthula Cane Growers’ Ltd (KCG) in Malawi, which supplies sugar to Traidcraft’s Geobars. Since certification as a Fair Trade cooperative in 2003, the farmers have been benefiting from Fair Trade premium investments in their community, including a stable supply of electricity and clean water. Joyce wants to provide the best for her son, she said “I want my baby to have a good future. If I am able to get more money, I could send him to high school so he may stand by himself in the future.”
The honey in all Traidcraft Geobars came from beekeepers at the Apicoop co-operative in Chile. Local beekeeper, Celia, is a mother of five children. Joining Apicoop has improved the quality of life for her and her children.
Apicoop helps local beekeepers with low-interest loans and market access. Now, Celia participates in Apicoop’s university program, and she also works at Apicoop’s lab on plant research.
Mr. Abilash K.K是住在印度南部的農民。Traidcraft購買他們的產品，使他在種植菠蘿以外，擁有一個全新的市場，收入自然大大提升。他說:「種植公平貿易的薑令我和其他農民得著很多。而在Traidcraft協助下設立的農民合作社，改善了我們的生活水平，讓我們能夠自主生活。」此外，合作社於印度南部設立了一間專門處理水果加工的工廠，並雇用了約六十人，以公眾共有限公司形式運作，當地農民佔有該工廠70%股權，促進當地就業。
TRAIDCRAFT STEM GINGER COOKIES
Mr. Abilash K.K. is a small-scale farmer in Southern India. The purchase from Traidcraft means he has a new market and can grow an extra crop in addition to pineapples. He said “The ginger crop has blessed me, my family and fellow farmers. The benefits of Fair Trade we get through the association with Traidcraft, has finally resulted in improvement of our living standards.”
It also established an experimental fruit-processing factory, to add value to local production. It employs about 60 people. It is a public limited company, with 70% of the shares owned by local farmers, the other 30% by the Government of Kerala.
Divine Chocolate was awarded Best Social Enterprise 2007. Cecilia is a member of the Kuapa Kokoo Cooperative in Ghana, West Africa. She was the first recorder in her village, which is responsible for weighing the beans, paying the farmers, and checking the quality of the beans. She hopes people will continue to support Fair Trade and Divine Chocolate, so that they can have more income to invest in educational projects for poor women to lift them out of poverty.
EQUAL EXCHANGE ORGANIC COCOA POWDER
Equal Exchange一向與比較小規模的農民合作，其中一個合作社CONACADO (the National Confederation of Dominican Cocoa Producers)位於多明尼加共和國，當Pedro Santo Gil說：「我們自從加入CONACADO後，我和家人的生活水平提高了。以往當農作物失收時，我們需要借貸度日，更試過要賣房子來償還貸款。現在我們既能獲得一筆低息貸款，又不用拿任何物品作抵押。加上我所種植的可可粉都是以有機方式生產，貨物的質量又提高了，而且CONACADO會協助運輸工作，我可以獲得更公平的回報了！」。
The National Confederation of Dominican Cacao Producers (CONACADO) is an organization of small-scale cacao producers in the Dominican Republic.
Pedro Santo Gil said “Since we joined CONACADO, it has improved the living conditions for me and my family. Before, when cocoa production drops, we need to survive on loans, we even have to sell our house to pay back the loans. Now we can get low-interest loans without pledge. Also, we grow our cocoa organically, so the quality has improved greatly. In addition, CONACADO helps me to transport the cocoa. Now I can get a fairer return!”
FAIRTASTE ETHIOPIA YIRGACHEFFE COFFEE
“In the past, we may go a long way but still cannot find a good coffee buyer. Since joining the cooperative, it helps us to negotiate for a good price! The primary school that my six children go to is constructed using Fairtrade Premium.” – Bayene Wako, Coffee farmer, Yirgacheffe