My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Transfair Usa, Oakland, CA, USA
I've worked for non-profits on social justice and development issues for many years, including educational work on Central America and development work in Africa. The most rewarding part of the work was developing meaningful partnerships with the people who were the focus of my efforts. When I discovered Fair Trade, I found I could do that essentially every day in the simple act of purchasing or consuming Fair Trade products. I've made a commitment to buy only Fair Trade certified chocolate, and I give Fair Trade as gifts to family and friends. About a year ago I met two cocoa farmers and heard the amazing story of how Fair Trade has changed their lives and their communities. So, now I have a sense of being part of their story and they of mine. It's a really cool thing, and I'm very grateful for the work that Fair Trade USA does that enables this kind of connection. I hope to be able to visit a cocoa farm in the foreseeable future to walk a while in the farmers' space, and I know it's going to be an amazing experience.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
meeting Fair Trade farmers, learning their story of purpose and hope, and being inspired to support them by purchasing Fair Trade products and helping build this wonderful model.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
bring more farmers to to the U.S. to share their stories with the public.