Our Commitment to Fair Trade Principles
Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
The Village Wisdom team understands that Fair Trade is a way to provide economic development opportunities for marginalized communities. We work specifically with producer groups in rural areas that have little access to a sustainable marketplace.
Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships
We work directly with artisan cooperatives and nonprofit organizations to create equitable relationships based on honesty and respect. Each member of the Village Wisdom team and partner agencies have defined roles and responsibilities and business agreements that are collaboratively developed.
We help producers build capacity by developing local and global markets for crafts and apparel, as well as strengthening connections between producer groups. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and experience to facilitate training in businesses development, market information, and financial management.
Promote Fair Trade
We are dedicated to promoting the movement of fair trade through education and outreach, both in Asheville and on the ground in Uganda. We value our artisan partners and believe that a fair trade system brings respect for all levels of the supply chain.
Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
The Village Wisdom team believes that all artisans and producers deserve safe, healthy, and participatory work places. Our goal is to empower and support producers throughout the supply chain and to diminish discrimination.
Ensure the Rights of Children
We believe that all children should have the right to a safe environment and education. Village Wisdom advocates for the education for children instead of labor or exploitation.
Cultivate Environmental Stewardship
We are committed to environmental preservation and will promote environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire supply chain.
Respect Cultural Identity
The Village Wisdom team is dedicated to the preservation of culture and traditions. We encourage the development of products to stay true to traditional crafts and materials.