Our Fair Trade Programs

Our Store

The Peace & Justice Store is an economic empowerment project of the Peace & Justice Center. The store itself represents more than 60 artisan groups from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Each of these groups has one or several programs that benefit their local communities including micro credit for starting small business, education, medical care, vocational training for youth, street violence prevention, rescuing and rehabilitation for women and children victims of human trafficking, housing, community gardens and more.

In addition to providing a market for these artisan’s goods, we are committed to sharing their stories, goals, and accomplishments with every costumer that comes to the store. We also work with local businesses in Vermont communities that have fair and transparent business practices.

More than just Burlington’s source for local and Fair Trade products, the Peace & Justice store is a window to learn about other cultures and an open door for discussion on social justice, peace, sustainability, and transparency. Our store is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting change!

Our fair trade store is very well connected and supported by our community. The store is completely staffed by our wonderful volunteers who come from various backgrounds and paradigms who offer invaluable assets to our Center. We have a core of over 19 very committed and passionate volunteers that believe in the importance of raising awareness and educating our community regarding Fair Trade.

If you would like to volunteer in our store, please contact us at volunteer@pjcvt.org

 

 

 

Our Education and Outreach program

In addition to providing a market for artisans and farmers to sell their products, we have a commitment to educate our community regarding Fair Trade and its impact locally and globally.

Our education and outreach program offers educational presentations and resources to school groups, college classes, business owners and any group that is interested in learning more about fair trade as a way of promoting change for social and economic justice. Our presentations foster discussion surrounding free trade vs. fair trade, the realities of the cocoa industry, and the implications of globalization.

We are engaged in local and national campaigns that exert pressure on US companies to end abuse and forced child and trafficked labor. We support initiatives that demand transparency and accountability for a more sustainable way of trading.

If you are interested in learning more about Fair Trade or would like to schedule a presentation for your class, book club, or neighbors please contact Carmen Solari, our Fair Trade Programs Manager at carmen@pjcvt.org and help us grow the movement!

 

Connecting to Burlington’s Fair Trade Community – Fair Trade Burlington Network

Fair Trade Burlington Network’s first World Fair Trade Day as a Fair Trade Town with Bernie Sanders:

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The Peace & Justice Center works closely with Fair Trade Burlington Network organizing events, reaching out to the community, and spreading the word about the importance of Fair Trade.

Fair Trade Burlington Network is one of Vermont’s newest consumer movements. This network was instrumental in establishing Burlington as the 12th Fair Trade Town in the US in August 2009.  They are  Burlington’s Fair Trade Town committee, which is supported by over 15 local businesses, places of worship, and individuals from our community.  They are also part of a growing national coalition of town organizations with community activists dedicated to the principles of fair trade.

Please visit their website here to learn more!

 

Here are some of our recent fair trade events:

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2 Comments

  1. Good Morning,

    I work with a non-profit fair-trade organization which works with survivors of sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We follow a holistic approach to the healing process by creating programs for the women using healing arts, education and sustainable employment.

    I am home in NH for a few months and would love to be a part of any artisan markets in Vermont to spread awareness and fundraise to help sustain our efforts in the DRC. Any information or applications for up coming markets would be fantastic.

    Thank you for your help.

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