The UUSC Fair Trade Project (formerly known as the Coffee Project) links congregations with small farmers through fair trade. This project is a partnership between UUSC and Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative offering 100% fairly traded coffee, tea, chocolate, and other foods.
For every pound of Equal Exchange delicious fairly traded coffee, chocolate, and other products you buy, they donate 20 cents to UUSC’s Small Farmer Fund. In addition to supporting the farmer coops that supply Equal Exchange’s products, UUSC uses the Small Farmer Fund to build sustainable livelihoods and advance human rights of other cooperative groups, particularly the rights of women, youth, and indigenous people.
What is fair trade?
Fair trade ensures that farmers are paid a fair price for their goods. Through fair trade, farmers and their families stay on their land and care for the environment. Working in democratically-run cooperatives, small-scale farmers gain control of their own livelihoods and make strides together in organic agriculture and quality control. With the added income from fair trade, farmers invest in education and social services for their communities.
How to Participate
Buy Equal Exchange fair trade products for your home and as gifts at the Good Buy, UUSC’s online marketplace. Each purchase of Equal Exchange products count towards the 20 cent per pound donation to the Small Farmer Fund!
Educate and inspire your congregation around fair trade with these videos and presentations on fair trade by Equal Exchange.
Visit farmers on diverse learning experiences hosted by the UU College of Social Justice, including a week-long trip to Nicaragua.
Check out the Good Buy’s blog, and follow it for recent updates on fair trade!