(OLD) About Us
Peruvian Fair Trade
equity + sustainability
To Our Valued Customers:
For over twenty years, Peruvian Fair Trade has been privileged to work closely with some of the finest traditional cottage industries of South America. During that time, we have developed and nurtured unique relationships with these artisans, based on a long history of mutual respect and fair dealings. Although there is no formally recognized "fair trade" standard for the apparel and gift industry overall, we take our commitment to fair trade with the South American artisans with whom we work very seriously. Furthermore, we strive to work with those vendors that ensure only the best working conditions for their employees.
Peruvian Fair Trade does not own any production facilities in Peru, but we do regularly visit the cottage industries and factories where our production is made. We have worked with many of those small cottage industries 10 years or more, and we do not associate with vendors who use child labor or permit poor working conditions. We know the owners of these businesses personally, and as a company, we strive to do business with them in a fair and respectful manner. In addition, our staff conducts routine factory visits and spends long hours doing extensive quality control inspections. We are satisfied that the artisans who make our production work in satisfactory conditions and are treated with dignity and respect.
The talented artisans with whom we work are in the most skilled tier of artisan production. As such, they are among some of the highest paid people in their profession and are generally very much in demand. Although we are not privy to the specific rates our cottage industry owners pay their artisans, typically, our vendors go to great lengths to keep their skilled artisan work force. These efforts include providing them with transportation, hot meals, bonuses, time off and even day care in some cases.
We work closely with our vendors to set fair prices for their products and only very minimally negotiate prices to ensure that the artisans receive a fair wage for their talents. As a result of the long-term relationships that we have nurtured with these Peruvian artisans over the past 12 years, we are able to offer our customers an exquisite array of extraordinary art knits and beautiful accessories at fair prices.
Peruvian Fair Trade's commitment to the many artisans with whom we work goes well beyond paying fair wages. We are also committed to supporting many local causes in Peru. Notably, Peruvian Fair Trade helps support an artisan trade school in Peru, helps raise funds for school meals and uniforms ( at a special program for learning disabled children in Peru), and is the primary support of a day care center for children of artisans in Lima, Peru, which provide a caring and healthy environment for children, enabling their mothers to take on employment to provide an income for their families.
We strongly believe in economic opportunities for women in Peru, and Peruvian Fair Trade supports effectively micro loans to women artisans that are self employed and rely solely in their income as artisans full time.We have disbursed $28 dolars in loans in 2 years to micro-entrepreneurs, maintaining a repayment rate of 99.5 percent. We are extremely proud to be a close associate and supporters of these hard working women.
We are fortunate to be able to do business with the many talented artisans in Peru, and we are also gratified by the opportunities Peruvian Fair Trade has helped to create for Peruvian artisans. We hope that you will join us in celebrating the wonderful history and culture of the Andes, brought to us by those artisans who put their hearts and souls into every detail of every finished piece we bring to you.
Thank you for your support,
Giannina Kessler President CEO
Our Philisophy : Hand on hand with Green America and the Fair Trade Federation
With sustainability in mind, fresh ideas and innovative design, we strive to bring you contemporary crafts and folk art to smile about. By developing opportunities and guiding our artist partners to go beyond the ordinary, we empower creative women and family workshops in Peru to help themselves and their community. Peruvian Fair Trade has been a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation since 2004.
At Peruvian Fair Trade, we strive to empower Peruvian artists through design and Fair Trade, and from our commitment to sustainability, we are proud to support these like-mided organizations and individuals making a difference and helping make the world a better place. We hope you would enjoy supporting them as well!
Trade as a Force for Positive Change
The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty. The Federation's values guide our work to create a just and sustainable economic system.
Sustainable and Educated Economies
Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. It aims to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Co-op Amercia provides information tools and resources for making more educated purchasing decisions, promotes green and fair trade based business, and calls for an end to corporate irresponsibility through collective economic action.
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