Fair Trade vs. Charity

By viewing a fair trade purchase as strictly an act of charity, we unintentionally do a disservice to the world of ethical commerce.

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Escape from Winter

#fairtrade #sustainabletrade #costarica #colombia #travel #winter #conservation #associations

In Minnesota, the temperature outside has been around -8 degrees Fahrenheit this week, with wind that makes it feel more like -25. If you haven't lived in such a cold climate, it's unfathomable that people would. But, if you're from Minnesota (or Alaska) you learn to love winter and enjoy the days where we can get out and ski or ice skate or make a snowman. Today is not one of those days. So, how do we cope? We plan trips to warmer places.  Tara and I are not your typical travelers. Sure, we like warmer weather, but we love...

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Who is KinShop?

#introduction #fairtrade #sustainable #ecological #travel #smallbusiness

Tara and Bobbi dreamed up KinShop as a way to connect artisans in countries where we've traveled to markets in the US. In September 2014, KinShop Ethical Trading Partners was officially incorporated and we opened our virtual doors in November. Our goal is to make it easy for our consumers to participate in fair and sustainable trade. Our vision is to become the direct connection between artisans and our consumers. By importing our products directly, we'll be able to ensure our mission is upheld, while building relationships and supporting economic development in other regions of the world. In the mean...

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