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  • Does Fair Trade Make a Difference?

    A lot of people wonder about Fair Trade.... Does it really make a difference? I believe it does and that’s why my partner, Laura Camp, and I started Simply Fair. I’m a big believer in making a difference the time we are here on Earth. I believe we’re here to make a difference. At the funeral of my friend, Patty, the minister charged those of us who had gathered, to live our lives so we would be missed. That has stuck with me, and that’s why I started Simply Fair. Rene Bowers, executive director of the Fair Trade Federation, puts it like this: “Trading of ethically produced handmade goods is based on an idea that sits at the heart of fair trade: relationships matter,” writes Bowers. “ The connection-based structure of fair trade developed from the work of a few innovators who had a vision to alleviate poverty through the sale of traditional crafts. At this vision’s core was (and still is) the idea that trade should involve a true partnership between buyer and seller—one that empowers producers, builds their capacity to do business, and improves the quality of life for their communities.” To me, that boils down to making a difference in someone’s life even if they are thousands of miles away. Many say the fair trade movement began in 1946 when Edna Ruth Byler, a volunteer for the Mennonite Central Committee, visited a sewing class in Puerto Rico. She discovered that despite the hard work of the local women, and their extraordinary talent for producing handmade lace and other fabrics, they still lived in tremendous poverty.Byler had the idea to carry these pieces back to the United States and sell them to American shoppers, returning the profits directly to the women producers. Her work eventually became more structured and led to the formation of Self Help Crafts. The organization, now known as Ten Thousand Villages, opened its first fair trade shop in 1958—eventually expanding into Canada in the 1960s—and is now the largest fair trade retailer in North America. Many of the items in Simply Fair are from Ten Thousand Villages. To me, Edna Byler was a hero. She did what she could to make a difference. That’s what we hope to do at Simply Fair. Thank you to all of you who help in that endeavor.

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  • Simply Fair

    12 Days of Christmas Basket Tea Lover's Gift with Tea Set Simply Fair Logo Chalk 1/4 Come Visit Us. 2357 W. Monroe St. Springfield, Illinois 62704 MONDAY - FRIDAY 10am – 7pm SATURDAY 10am – 5pm ​ ​ Welcome to Simply Fair! A little Fair Trade boutique nestled between Subway and Hawaiian BBQ, in the Monroe Plaza! Here you will find unique treasures from 40 nations. Each item is fabulously hand crafted by global artisans. Sampling Fair Trade chocolate and coffee daily, we are here to help you find that one of a kind gift, and we are happy to guide you in a quick trip around the world! Fair Trade Take a Virtual Tour here! Bunkhouse Joe Coffee Rise and Shine — It’s coffee time! Bunkhouse Joe Coffee - The best in fresh harvested, organic green coffee beans from around the world, fire roasted over apple and pecan wood. See what delicious flavors are available today!

  • About Us | simplyfairtrade

    About Us Over a year ago, Partners Charlyn Fargo Ware and Laura Camp dreamed about having their own business. Both wanted a business that would help others. The two attended a Fair Trade Conference in April 2013, and became determined to find a way to open a store of their own. The store opened Autumn 2013. It's been a happy, fulfilling journey. They hope to impact the lives of women around the globe, who work to better their lives by selling handmade items. The artisans are guaranteed a fair price for their handmade products. Charlyn is married to Brad, and has a daughter, Kate and son, Jayden. Laura is married to Chris, and has a son, Ben, daughter, Lillian and daughter, Gabrielle. The families are united in their goal to help others. Come visit us soon. NEW! Quick View Face Masks Price $9.99 Plastic Free!!! Quick View Bubble Layne Laundry Soap Price $9.99 Quick View Warm Hearts Aromatherapy Price $14.99 Quick View Conditioner Bar Price $19.99 NEW! Quick View Face Masks Price $9.99 Plastic Free!!! Quick View Bubble Layne Laundry Soap Price $9.99 Quick View Warm Hearts Aromatherapy Price $14.99 Quick View Conditioner Bar Price $19.99

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