I am raising money for Chicago Fair Trade because producers matter. It matters to me that consumers understand what goes into getting their coffee in their cup each morning. It matters to me that the factory workers that made my shirt are paid a fair wage and work standard hours in safe conditions.
For me, it all started with coffee. One trip to Nicaragua and seeing all the work that went into getting my cup of coffee to me each morning. Learning that because of Fair Trade coffee, the cooperative I visited in Nicaragua had access to healthcare that their government couldn't provide. That trip changed my life, my career path, my goals. I learned the value of a system of capitalism that begins to put producers first.
Coffee. Such a "simple" beverage of dried and roasted fruit. Aromas that remind you of home and Sunday mornings. A jolt to start your day or keep it going.
But did you know that the majority of coffee is grown by small shareholder farmers around the world that barely make enough to keep farming sustainable?
And it's not only coffee.
Fair Trade isn't just a way of doing good. It's a way of looking at trade around the world and standing up for farmers, producers and factory workers and saying that I demand that capitalism works a little harder and does better. It's a way of ensuring that fair wages are paid. It's a way of showing with your purchases that the world's producers matter.
Please join me in making a difference with a donation to Chicago Fair Trade, an amazing organization that cultivates economic and environmental justice through highlighting ethical consumerism and expanding community access to a global network of fair trade artisans and farmers.