This is not one of the fair trade principles, but is our own unique style of doing business. In previous years this has amounted to a 10% bonus for our trading partners, which is generally used by the co-operatives to either further strengthen their infrastructure, or else to provide further services to their members.
"This morning we received your mail with the news that you have had a successful year with record sales and profits. Reading this good news, I was thinking to send you a congratulations for the deserved success. Reading the second paragraph, I invited all our team to share the most beautiful communication received this year. We are really moved, not only because of the US $500 for our producers, but for your transparency in sharing all the possible reasons for your success. This kind of behaviour increases awareness in Fair Trade. Today we feel very proud to belong to the movement. We owe you this great moment. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! Warm Regards, Fundacion Solidaridad."Pictured right: members from Fundacion Solidaridad with a thank you message to Trade Aid for the new sewing machine they were able to purchase with Trade Aid's rebate.
We have not had any clients like you before, who have even shared with us their trading results (whether good or bad) much less one who is willing to share any profits with their suppliers! CENFROCAFE co-operative, Peru.
"We thank you for the support and appreciate you for giving us the rebate. We will use the money to buy furntiures for school. Most schools in our coffee cooperative do not have benches and desks for the children and they are sitting on the soil. We will use the money for the benches and desks." - Oromia Coffee Farmers' Cooperative Union.
"One of the objectives of Aspiration International has always been to uplift the social economic conditions of the crafts persons of India. In order to achieve this objective, besides providing new designs and ideas etc. to the artisans we have taken into consideration to improve the financial position of the producer groups by advancing them interest free loans enabling them to keep sizeable stocks of raw materials to be used in making crafts when orders are placed from importers. On receiving your offer we called a meeting of about 12 producer groups, mainly of wood carvers and brass moulders and put forward your offer to them. Almost all of them suggested that the amount which you proposed to send to us, may be added in the existing " revolving interest free fund" and given to them in time of their needs. We thank you for your kind gesture, which all the producers have appreciated." - Aspiration International.
Minka, a fair trade group in Peru has worked for a long time with the fine knitters and weavers from Taquile Island, but more recently they have been part of a very successful tourism venture. Guests are accommodated and entertained on the island, entering into the everyday life of the inhabitants. A new pier was built for the boats to deliver tourists, and a path leads the tourists up to the dwellings at the top of the mountain. There are 500 steps that tourists were required to climb to their dwellings, which were proving too steep to navigate in its uncared-for state Lake Titicaca is very high (the equivalent of the top of Mount Cook in fact). Minka decided to use Capacity building funds provided by NZAID and rebates from Trade Aid's trading profit for the last two years to complete the path to Titicaca, using an ancient building technique that would involve the whole community.