Fair Trade Breaks Poverty

Posted on October 09, 2015 by Megan Hawke

Fair traders around the world, together with small producers and backed by consumers, are breaking the chains of poverty. Fair Trade is growing and that is our proof that we are gaining our fight against extreme poverty.

The WFTO membership count doubled from 155 Fair Trade organisations in 2005 to 355 in 2014. In the same period, the turnovers of these members quadrupled from 136 million euros to 448 million euros. To ensure their way out of poverty, producer-beneficiaries of WFTO members receive fair prices for their products, long-term income security, capacity-building and life-skills trainings, no discrimination, no slavery, and good working condition.

“It is unacceptable that there are still over 1 billion people living in extreme poverty and deep deprivation. That is why at WFTO we fight poverty together with the small producers through sustainable solutions. The 10 Fair Trade Principles are our weapon. It is important that the eradication of poverty is done together with those affected. And with the support of consumers and businesses Fair Trade can go even further in its contribution to poverty eradication.” – Rudi Dalvai, WFTO President

WFTO believes that poverty can be effectively eradicated by empowering small producers, giving them fair and sustainable means of livelihoods. Hathay Bunano Proshikan Society (HBPS) is a social business enterprise, a non profit organization registered in Bangladesh since January 2005 creating employment opportunities throughout rural disadvantage groups, in particular women with young children who traditionally find it very difficult to find employment. Hathay Bunano P.S is a member of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Our aim is to create sustainable employment through training and the subsequent production of handicraft type items sold in mainstream markets in 37 counties.

Join the movement this Anti-Poverty week from the 11th-17th October- Let's break the chains of poverty together.


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