Fair Trade Egypt
Fair Trade Egypt, based in Cairo, Egypt, serves 40 producer organizations that incorporate some 2,700 artisans. The goals of Fair Trade Egypt include providing income to marginalized Egyptian artisans through marketing and sales of their products; and helping to preserve Egypt’s infinite cultural richness and craft heritage. Fair Trade Egypt creates employment in marginalized communities, works for greater equity in employment conditions between men and women, encourages children’s education by eliminating the need for them to work and provides greater access to services in health and education. The organization also seeks to have only a positive impact on the environment, and to preserve traditional craft techniques in Egypt. The organization gives high priority to safe and healthy working conditions, as a principle tenet of fair trade. Ten Thousand Villages began purchasing from Fair Trade Egypt in 2009.