My Neighbor And Me sells fair trade products from Gambia, Guatemala, and Peru, as
well as products from the local community.
As part of the nine Fair Trade Principles, “developing transparent &
accountable relationships with artisans and farmers” ensures that they have
longer more permanent employment.
Health is further instilled into the relationship through honest
communication and the willingness and desire to work together in solving
I personally have found myself being more transparent with my customers
regarding the realities of operating a fair trade gift shop in a small
rural town in the northern Shenandoah Valley. I am committed to trying to
make it work.
The exciting part is that many of my customers are thrilled that I am
here. Their enthusiasm is contagious as they share with their friends,
guests, and family of my presence. We are becoming interdependent.