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HumanKind Fair Trade's Mission

HumanKind Fair Trade's Mission

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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A Unique Business Model

A Unique Business Model

We are a non-profit retail store so we depend on dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers. Click here to learn more about our structure and staff.

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A Variety of Goods

A Variety of Goods

Our vendors bring us products from all around the world ranging from coffee to clothing.

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Join Our Social Justice Book Club

Join Our Social Justice Book Club

Come find the current book in the store and share in our monthly book club discussions.

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Latest News

If you're interested in fair trade, you've come to the right spot.

HumanKind Fair Trade will blog on fair trade happenings, store events and specials, and give you personal insight into the world of fair trade.

News/Blog

Basket Weaving Creates Income for African Women

19th July 2014 by Carly Boyd

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.

Weaving round basket

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!

In the Last Five Years…

11th July 2014 by LynAnne Wiest

Turning five years old is a big deal. At least, we think it is here at HumanKind!

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Product Review: Synergy Organic Clothing

1st July 2014 by LynAnne Wiest

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!

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