Fair Trade in Zingara’s Kitchen
It’s important to us, and to our customers, that the crafts, clothing, and gifts that we import and you buy come from artisans who were engaged and compensated fairly. So that’s why we highlight and promote our dedication to Fair Trade Products.
A lot of truly delightful, stylish, and exceptionally well-made products come from countries and communities that are poor, or marginalized, or helplessly taken advantage of. The principles behind fair trade see to it that the products you enjoy were made by artisans who were paid fairly and promptly, reflecting the true costs of their labor and materials.
But Fair Trade means much more than that. Those who abide by fair trade principles help create opportunity, alleviate poverty, and build relationships that are fair, open, and respectful.
Fair Trade supports safe working conditions, and cultivates environmental stewardship and sustainability, and respects cultural identity.
One company imports hand-knit ponchos from Peru, a nonprofit organization in West Africa assists women-owned businesses in Ghana where most women subsist on less than $2 a day. The women make beautiful clothes. Maasai tribal craftspeople make beautiful bracelets and sandals. From Rwanda come beautiful dresses made by women recovering from sexual abuse/HIV and poverty.
All of our fair trade products are popular and sell well in the Venice community, and around the world. From remote villages near Lake Titicaca to nomadic tribes in Kenya, fair trade preserves indigenous arts and crafts at risk of permanently displaced by mass production. These products are lovingly handcrafted by families and villages practicing their ancestral crafts.
Zingara will always be selling Fair Trade products, and promoting and publicizing Fair Trade organizations and success stories.
When you buy Fair Trade, you are part of the solution, not part of the problem. You’re supporting positive economic trade. And you’re making the world a better place.