Fair Trade

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seek greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by  consumers, are engaged actively  in supporting producers,  awareness  raising  and  in  campaigning  for  changes  in  the  rules  and  practice  of conventional international trade. Definition from FINE (Informal platform that groups the main Fair Trade organisations – WFTO, EFTA, FLO, NEWS)

In what sense the Cooperative Tejidos Cotzal follows the Fair Trade principles:

  • Enables creation of opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers, the women of San Juan Cotzal
  • Transparency and democratic operations to fulfill the basic needs of producing comunity and to benefit to the customers
  • Keep a fair  and long lasting relation with the weaving women
  • Give them a fair price for their work, give them the threads they need to weave and pay them for the price of their work when they hand out their textiles, without waiting for it to be sold, in order to enable a decent life
  • Promote young girls education
  • Gender equity
  • the wonen can weave in their houses and therefore have more decent working conditions
  • Look for and obtain educations projects and welfare for the women and young girls, thanks to local and foreign organizations
  • Information and awareness on Fair Trade
  • Take care of the environment by using threads without hazardous chemicals for the benefits of woment and customers
  • Participate in R.A.I.S. (Alternative Network for Fair Trade) which promotes:
    – Direct democracy for participative organization of people and organizations
    – Solidarity between the organizations which belong to this network and betweens other netoworks or organisations
    – Respect Mother Earth , from which Human Being is integral part and without which could not survive
    – Revitalise life, through this fair economy which contrast to the economic system of destruction and death
    – Strengthen local economy through production, interchange and fair consumption , so that enables eradication of economic, social, environmental problems where comunities live.