My Neighbor And Me sells fair trade products from Gambia, Guatemala, and Peru, as
well as products from the local community.
Many of our customers are familiar with the basics of Fair Trade but many are not too. We attempt to correct the misconceptions as opportunities arise in conversation.
One of the biggest misconceptions that is out there is that if it is an international item NOT made in China, that it is Fair Trade. During my own time working in this industry, I have witnessed craft market vendors slapping “Fair Trade” on their canopies that I know are not fair trade.
These concerns have led me to pursue the application process to become a certified fair trade retailer. The application is long but well worth it. My goal is to be certified by the beginning of 2015.