Equal Exchange is celebrating 25 years of working with congregations of all faiths to bring Fair Trade products to individuals. Turns out Lutherans lead the way in hosting congregational sales of Equal Exchange products. As a thank you for that support, Equal Exchange is making a special offer, available October 4 – November 5 to Lutherans, with a portion of sales benefiting AMMPARO, the ELCA commitment to accompanying migrant minors.
Place an order on the Equal Exchange webstore between October 4 – November 5th and enter the code WELCA21 during check out. 10% of your purchase will be set aside as a donation to Women of the ELCA for AMMPARO, the ELCA commitment to accompanying migrant minors. You’ll be working for the healing of the church, the society, and the world by benefiting small scale farmers and migrant minors. And you can enjoy a cup of fairly traded coffee or tea while you do it.
Equal Exchange has been a leader in the U.S. fair trade movement for over 35 years, trading directly with small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Farmers receive a higher price for their crops and advanced credit. And because farmers are paid above market prices, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical trainings. The co-ops keep rural communities healthy and strong and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation, and organic practices.
Through the partnership between Women of the ELCA and Equal Exchange, churches and individuals purchase organic, fairly traded products at wholesale case prices. High quality, ethically sourced coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil, snacks, and grocery staples are available. Cases are typically boxes of 6 for products like coffee, tea, cocoa and snacks and chocolate bars come in packs of 12.
Many congregations offer sales during the fellowship hour; the sales might be once a month or could even be weekly. Learn more about how your congregation can get involved.