One of my favorite Fair Trade vendors is Women’s Bean Project. They are a great example of a domestic Fair Trade company. Here’s an explanation about who they are from their website:
Since 1989 we have been helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. We are a nonprofit organization that teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in our gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses. Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward self sufficiency.
The women who are served by Women’s Bean Project typically come from a background of incarceration- almost always related to addiction. Women’s Bean Project is their chance to get their lives together (maybe for the first time) and change the trajectory of their lives. According to their website, women have to have been clean and sober for six months in order to be eligible for employment. Their program truly needs to scale. At this point, they are only able to employ one out of every five qualified applicants. I’d love to see that change.
My two favorite products that they carry are Marians Black Bean Soup and their Original Salsa Mix, which I use with ground beef to make taco meat. I hope you’ll give the products from Women’s Bean Project a try. I’d love to hear what you try and how you like it.