This is what your support means…
When the news that Traidcraft plc would no longer be able to order crafts from a number of producer groups, like you, we were extremely concerned for their futures. We hoped that supporters would help, and we are happy to say that your donations are already making a real and tangible difference.
Here at Traidcraft Exchange, our team has been working alongside the most affected producer groups, helping them to formulate new plans for a future without sales to Traidcraft plc. We’ve been putting together individually tailored support plans for each group, building on our years of expertise working with farmers and artisans across some of the world’s poorest communities.
The work is a little out of the ordinary for us - the producer groups affected are larger scale fair trade businesses who many rely on, rather than the very small scale farmers and workers our projects focus on. The majority of the people that Traidcraft Exchange supports will never be in a position to export overseas, but struggle to make a basic living. That’s why your donations are also supporting our core projects, reaching the most vulnerable and exploited through trade across the world.
In February, thanks to your support, five of the worst affected producer groups were able to showcase their products to hundreds of potential new buyers at one of the world’s largest trade fairs in Frankfurt, Germany. We are delighted to report that all of the producers who attended have received new orders for their products as a direct result of attending the fair.
Saidpur Enterprises, Noah’s Ark, Prokritee, CORR Jute Works and Gospel House Handicrafts
What about the other affected producer groups?
Traidcraft Exchange are continuing to work alongside other producers affected by the plc’s downsizing. Of the 12 most vulnerable groups, 11 have now submitted project proposals to our team, who will be working alongside them to provide the funds and support they need to secure their futures.
Proposed projects include building new storage facilities, one off grants for marketing support or help with designing new products. For example, Swajan have requested support with hiring a consultant to help them diversify their products and design alternative embroidered items to sell alongside their cards.
Ongoing, we hope to support a further 14 affected groups, including Black Mamba. They have requested Traidcraft Exchange’s support with a project related to increasing sales in the domestic market and in South Africa – making and marketing gift sets of products, which requires help with design and packaging. This work is ongoing for us, and will continue alongside the work we do with some of the very poorest people across Africa and Asia as part of our development programmes. We will post any updates and news on this webpage. To ensure you are kept up to date with all our news about projects, campaigns and policy work, you can sign up for our emails below (don’t worry if you re -enter your details, we promise not to contact you twice over!).
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