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Impact 2020: Inimitable spirit in a year beyond compare

Impact 2020: Inimitable spirit in a year beyond compare

Impact 2020: Nearly $3 million in purchases and investments; over 800,000 artisan handcrafts sold; 540 new and long-term donors contributed more than $630,000

In a year that laid bare the vulnerabilities of the world’s most marginalized citizens and those who work to help them build and sustain lives of dignity, there was positive impact.

Your generous purchases and contributions created impact at home and across 30 countries.

You helped employ artisans and fund their workshops. You helped them stay in business and out of debt, recover from the deep impacts of COVID-19, put food on the table, provide health care, and continue education for their families.

And your consistent support allowed us to plan, regroup, honor the safety and livelihood of our staff, and still assure that artisans would receive crucial income in a tumultuous time.

Your belief in our work gave us strength to think long term about mission and impact despite immediate insecurities.

We continue to promote financial stability for artisans who are deeply affected by both the pandemic and cultural unrest. And, because we expect ongoing disruption in our fair trade model, we are proactively addressing a return to stability.

Together, we embodied the meaning of partnership, sharing information, resources, inspiration, and moral support. We engaged and learned from friends, partners, suppliers, and customers and donors like you to navigate the challenges and the joys.

And we’re sharing this with you because you are such an essential part of how hope is spread and dreams are reignited.

You made all the difference in 2020.

Thank you for believing in the maker-to-market movement and making a global impact.

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