Fair Trade Fund
Photo By: Debbie Hill/CRS
Help People Help Themselves
Increase the impact of your purchase. For every purchase you make from CRS partners, a percentage is donated back to the CRS Fair Trade Fund. CRS invests this money into projects overseas to strengthen worker cooperatives, their products, and access to markets.
Holy 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!
- CRS Parish Ambassador Corps: The CRS Fair Trade Fund supports our Parish Ambassador Corps by providing training and resources to our Parish Ambassador volunteers who bring the mission of global solidarity to their respective parishes and dioceses.
- CRS Carbon Credit Feasibility Study: CRS Fair Trade together with our Latin American program contributed 6,000 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the potential for marketing certified carbon credits to Catholic institutions, businesses, and individuals from our agriculture programs in Guatemala and Nicaragua.
- Sindyanna of Galilee: The fund contributed 5,000 to support the creation of a visitors center in Cana that would create a space for Jewish and Arab women to continue basket weaving classes as well as provide a space for marketing their new wares.
- Nepalese Artisan Workshops: Following the recent earthquakes in Nepal, the CRS Fair Trade Fund contributed $10,500 towards the rebuilding of two artisan workshops that suffered extensive damage: Annapurna Producers’ Jewelry and the Lubhu Weaving Producers.
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.