Fair Trade Fund

Week 2 Reflection Insaf 3

Help People Help Themselves

Every time you purchase products from one of our fair trade partners, CRS receives a generous contribution to the Fair Trade Fund.  We then recycle those donations into grants – both on-the-ground with farmers and artisans to improve their organizations, products, and access to markets and here in the U.S. marketplace – to build a fairer and more sustainable trading system.

Current grantees:

Work Shop RenovationHoly Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation: CRS together with our partners SERRV and Ten Thousand Villages contributed $24,900 towards the complete renovation of 6 olive wood workshops in the Holy Land, benefiting 225 workers and their communities. Workshops were transformed from un-safe, un-healthy work spaces to beautiful work spaces with proper ventilation, lighting, and safety equipment. The one-of-a-kind olive wood nativities and mother of pearl crosses are just some of the products these artisans produce and now they are producing them under much better conditions!


Former grantees:

Adel member

Adel Fair Trade is a non-governmental organization that CRS helped establish in Palestine.  Its mission includes helping vulnerable women and disadvantaged farmers produce healthy products such as goat cheese and lemonade, while offering a fair price.  The Adel project  received $100,00o in support over two years and is now a self sufficient fair trade business supporting it’s workers from the money generated from product sales.