Artisans, usually working in groups, make well-crafted items and with the help of a trusted representative in their country, market them abroad. Latitudes then buys these items either directly or through established wholesale vendors here in the U.S. Thus, more of the price you pay goes right to the people who need it most. You can feel good knowing that you are encouraging safe and healthy working conditions and also helping disadvantaged people to improve their lives, exercise their creativity and preserve their cultural heritage. You get great products and pay no more (and often less) than you’d pay if you purchased similar high-quality items at a large retail chain store. And you can know you’ve played a part in creating a better story for all of us. It’s a true global win-win!
Money is one of the most powerful forms of influence, especially when it comes to impacting the global economy, basic human rights and the environment. By using it thoughtfully we can have great positive impact on the lives of others around the world. Latitudes Fair Trade Store encourages you to learn about ways you can use your money with integrity and make a connection with the stories of others worldwide. Latitudes only partners with artisan groups or wholesale vendors who are wholeheartedly devoted to the principles of fair trade. We hope you’ll enjoy reading some of these individuals’ compelling stories, learn about fair trade, be inspired, and feel connected with others who desire a more equitable way of trade.
Please read my story to find out how I became interested in the mission of fair trade.