Our mission is to help generate fair and sustainable trading opportunities for disadvantaged artisans in Ecuador and contribute to easing local poverty, while offering fabulous handmade products to our customers.
Fair Trade Values
Fair Trade is a growing international movement which promotes fair living wages to producers in developing countries. Fair Trade is not charity; it is about paying artisans a fair price for their hard work, which is of course how all trade should be!
The current global trading system ("Free Trade") with its emphasis on maximizing profits is shockingly unjust - it favors multinational corporations at the expense of local communities and the environment. Many products being sold in the Western World are produced by exploiting people in developing countries. We believe that Fair Trade offers a viable alternative for consumers - it puts people ahead of profits as we work together towards a more humane and just world.
Fair Trade purchases are a win-win situation for everyone. Consumers get beautifully handmade product, while artisans receive a fair price and are given opportunities to break the cycle of poverty, put their children through school and maintain their cultural identity and dignity.
Artisans in the Andes is not a member of the Fair Trade Federation as we are a new company and not yet eligible. However, we are a part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty. Our choices are made with concern for the well-being of people and the environment. We work to create opportunity so that our craftsmen and artisans may have viable economic options to meet their own needs. We engage in trading practices that honor the value of labor and dignity of all people.
Fair Trade Federation members are required to demonstrate compliance with the Nine Principles of Membership. We are not yet evaluated on these Principles, but we have been working at implementing them from the beginning of our operations. We live and work in Ecuador, and meet in the homes and workshops of our artisans, they are our friends and our family. We know first hand what are their economic situations and needs.
Are we certified?
No. Fairtrade certification and pricing were designed for commodity products. It is hard to adapt the Fairtrade model of standardised minimum pricing to crafts and other products made by small-scale artisans, which are unique, made of varied materials and have highly varied production processes and costs.
All products are made in Ecuador and held in the US for fast shipping×
Many of our products support sustainable use of the Amazon Rainforest×