Our mission is to provide vital fair income to artisans in the developing world by selling their Fair Trade products and telling their stories here in San Luis Obispo.
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HumanKind Fair Trade will blog on fair trade happenings, store events and specials, and give you personal insight into the world of fair trade.
The Bolga Market baskets that we sell at HumanKind are handwoven in the town of Bolgatanga, which is located in Northern Ghana. Agricultural practices are scarce in the town because of infertile soil and inconsistent rain. Since these people are mainly subsistence farmers, basket-weaving became a way for women to help supplement their incomes.
Baskets of Africa is a fair trade company, and aims to provide a fair, living wage for their workers. The majority of these weavers are women, and when they are able to earn money for their families, it means that their children will have food on the table and a roof over their head.
Although it may seem like an easy task, weaving these baskets can take up to three days, and that’s just for a medium sized basket. Click here to learn more about the creation process.
These colorful baskets are functional enough to carry your veggies at farmer’s market and decorative enough use as unique storage in your home. We carry several shapes and sizes—round, oval, and rectangular—and we can help you decide which shape would be the best for your intended use. Since each one is hand-made, each basket is unique in its color and size. Stop by the store to pick out your Bolga basket!
I discovered Synergy Organic Clothing last March when my husband and I spent a weekend up in Santa Cruz. I usually get lost in the amazing bookstores in downtown Santa Cruz, but I ended up oohing and aahing at the Synergy store. I was impressed with the flowing, contemporary designs, the colors, and the soft organic fabric from India. Of course, when I found out that Synergy follows the guidelines set by fair trade organizations, the clothes were even more beautiful!