For the month of May, we at the Wildflower Farm would like to take the time to recognize one of our vendors that is doing extraordinary work in the international fair trade community. Minga Fair Trade Imports is a free trade company that helps small artisans in Peru and Ecuador become sustainable by purchasing their jewelry.
Why Fair Trade?
Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. The aim is to alleviate global poverty, while also promoting sustainable farming. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of goods. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries. Fair trade works with marginalized producers and workers to help them move from a position of vulnerability to economic self-sufficiency.
Minga and its Sharing Wage
Christopher Keefe developed the idea for Minga Fair Trade Imports during his time living in Ecuador from 1995-2004. As Chris became more involved with Ecuadorian textile producers to distribute their products, he learned much about methods of wholesale distribution that could provide honest, humble, and hungry people with needed jobs and self-esteem. He decided to create Minga Fair Trade Imports with the goal of improving education in Ecuador, increasing public knowledge of fair trade in the United States, and supporting the concept of a “sharing wage”. Keefe decided providing artisans with a living wage was simply not enough; instead he wanted them to experience a “sharing wage”. His goal was to provide the artisans with enough money to not only live on, but to further invest in their families and communities!
Tagua: Vegetable Ivory
We carry several unique pieces of jewelry from Minga Fair Trade imports in a multitude of styles and colors. All of the jewelry that we carry from Minga is made from tagua nuts. These nuts are found in the spiny pods of the Tagua tree, which is indigenous to the South American countryside. When dried and polished, the tagua nut closely resembles Elephant ivory. For this reason tagua has been given the nickname, “vegetable ivory”. Because of this, the purchase of tagua products helps to reduce the slaughter of elephants. The purchase of tagua Seeds is an ecological incentive for preserving and replanting the rain forests. Tagua is a natural resource that can generate five times the income to an artisan than banana plantations or cattle ranches. Come into our farmhouse gift shop soon to view our vast selection of “vegetable ivory” jewelry!
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