Fair Is Not Always Fair

October is Fair Trade month. It also the birthday month of Bajalia.  This October we will be 11 years old as far as the IRS is concerned, more on that later.  But as I think of the tenants of Fair Trade, I understand more and more people are living in the most difficult of circumstances.  It is so not fair that the poorest people in the world do not have the money, or education, or support of their government to drive a market.  As I think of Fair trade month, I celebrate all of our partners working to help flatten the world but I am afraid that that is moving much too slowly with the condition of the world today.  At Bajalia we play fair but we do not pay for all of the logos on each product or our website because unfortunately we represent producers who live in war torn countries, and high risk areas where there is no certification available for them. This practice would marginalize them even more.  So this October, I would rather show you the faces of fair trade. The faces of the amazing strength and dignity who have chosen to help bring jobs to their community, neighbors and villages we visit.  These are the faces that change the world. The hands that weave a future, sew a new and better tomorrow, mold the new world and raise tomorrows leaders. These are the faces we celebrate. If you want to see some of the items they created or support them check out http://www.bajalia.com

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