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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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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

Empowering Women Cocoa Farmers in Ghana

16th October 2017 by LynAnne Wiest

Cocoa farming in Africa has largely been considered men’s work, despite the contribution of women in the process. Our chocolate supplier, Divine, is working to give women equal opportunities and  income in chocolate the farming community.

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The Moon Bag: A Product Review

30th September 2017 by LynAnne Wiest

Once you turn 30, it is time to be a grown-up woman and buy a real purse. At least, that is what I have been told. I crossed the 30-year milestone this summer, and the universe was telling me it was time to retire that freebie tote bag I had been using to haul my stuff for the past few years. My friends told me it was looking shabby, but I said it was simply “well loved.” In spite of my resistance, I knew they were right.

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Artisan Spotlight: Manos Zapotecas Weaver Lupita Lazo

29th September 2017 by Jenny

Fair trade is about developing transparent and accountable relationships with artisan producers. This means that, if problems arise, fair trade companies work with their artisans and other organizations when necessary to find suitable solutions. Manos Zapotecas is an excellent example of a company that was built on the sentiment that commerce can and should change artisans lives for the better. Manos Zapotecas has demonstrated that they not only talk the talk, but they walk the walk, too. Here is the story of one of their long-time weavers, Lupita Lazo.

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