HTLC has long supported fair wages for products such as coffee & tea and other products.
Why Fair Trade?
The Moral Cost of Our Choices
In this day and age — with budgets as tight as they are — it is tempting to make our buying decisions based entirely on price. But we ought to also consider the moral costs of our choices.
Behind items that we consume every day (coffee, tea and chocolate to name a few) are farmers struggling to survive and support their families. Living in poor, rural regions of the world where paved roads and internet access are rare, small-scale farmers who produce these items do not have their pick of buyers.
Conventionally Low Wages
In conventional trade, middlemen take advantage of this and pay unfairly low price — prices that do not even cover farmers’ costs and leave them no money for nutritious food, medicine, clothes or education. Children are forced to work instead of attending school.
Helping our Neighbor
This is why Lutheran World Relief supports an alternative called Fair Trade. In line with Martin Luther’s teaching that “we should fear and love God that we may … help [our neighbor] to improve and protect his property and business,” it is a way of doing business that acknowledges the worth and basic human rights of all people.
When you buy Fair Trade items, more of the money you spend reaches the hands of the people who crafted them.
- Fair Trade coffees & chocolates are available at the church office.
- Equal Exchange offers Fair Trade coffees, teas, chocolate, nuts, sugar, olive oil and more
- SERRV offers fair trade a wide variety of crafts & home products
- The Fair Trade Federation provides more information on Fair Trade and provides links to an extensive list of products