Individual and Community Well-being

Everyone deserves access to basic services like clean water, education, and healthcare. Fair trade standards protect fundamental human rights and the right to safe working conditions.

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    Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Public Schools in Côte d’Ivoire

    This is Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate at work.

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    On the Trail to Seram, Indonesia

    Follow our Seafood Director Julie Kuchepatov to five Indonesian fishing communities to see where your Fair Trade Certified yellowfin tuna comes from.

  • school children stand beside a school bus purchased with Fair Trade funds.

    6 Times Fair Trade Funds Supported Education

    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

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    Fair Trade Provides Health and Safety Protections to U.S. Farm Workers

    For 20 years, Fair Trade has empowered farmers and workers in countries around the world with protections against the harsh realities of agricultural work. Within the last two years, that has also come to include the United States.

  • kids laughing at a school paid for by covilli farms community development funds

    Covilli Organic Farm Sets Trend for Growers In Mexico

    Over the last year, Celina Lima has traveled around the Southwestern United States to study the impacts of Fair Trade businesses on their suppliers’ livelihoods. This is the second in a series of posts following Celina along her journeys.

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    Fair Trade Organic Tea Growers in China Invest in Children’s Education

    With the extra money earned through Fair Trade certification, tea growers in the Jiangxi province of southeast China fund scholarships, classrooms, and school supplies for their community.

  • men of La Revancha Nicaragua

    The Power of Fair Trade coffee in La Revancha, Nicaragua

    La Revancha is a family-owned coffee estate, with about 90 permanent workers, although this number grows drastically during the harvest season. They’ve been working hard to meet the rigorous Fair Trade standards in order to become Central America's first Fair Trade Certified coffee estate. 

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    How Fair Trade Farms are Investing in Education

    From creating scholarship programs for kids to hosting night classes for adults to complete their GED's, education is a top priority in communities around the world. Discover why these six farms chose to invest their Fair Trade Community Development Fund in education and learn about the different people whose lives are changing for the better because of that investment.