We're all aware that May 13 is Mother's Day, a day when we shower our mothers with well-deserved gifts. But I'm guessing that hardly anyone is aware that May 12 is World Fair Trade Day, a day that focuses on fair pay and good working conditions for millions of workers in developing nations.
Why am I linking the two? Because World Fair Trade Day brings attention to mothers, too. But these are marginalized mothers in 3 rd -world countries who've been given the ability to lift themselves and their families out of devastating poverty.
Women make up 75% of non-agricultural fair trade employees. Instead of having no means of earning a living or working in sweatshop-type conditions, they work under shade trees in Africa, in the village squares of Central America, and in sunny workplaces in Southeast Asia. Many work from their homes, so they're able to tend to their children while earning money to feed them. They're paid 3-5 times more than the average in their local economies andRead More »from What Do World Fair Trade Day and Mother's Day Have in Common?