Fair Trade: Small and Meaningful

I love reading stories about people who feel so passionate about fair trade that they give up “traditional” aspirations (such as moving to a big city after college in order to get a high-paying job) in order to pursue the dream of making a significant difference in the world.

I stumbled upon a story just like this today. The story is about two young graduates in Devon, England. Instead of leaving their small town after school, they stayed and opened up an ethical trade store, Global Indigo.

Ella Huffman and Angela Marker started Global Indigo with a small loan from a United, a charity that helps support social enterprises. They sell handmade, ethically-traded items from eight co-ops around the world. However, the co-ops are too small to be registered as “fair trade,” however Huffman and Marker make sure that each artisan is treated and paid just as they would be under fair trade regulations.

The pair also work hard to educate people about the importance of fair trade and responsible shopping. And, they’ve teamed up with a local university to help spread the message to students.

I think the story of Global Indigo shows how the desire to make a difference in the world doesn’t mean you have to do something insanely big. These two young women are educating their community, and helping support eight small co-ops, right after college. It’s amazing!

So the lesson is this: whatever you dream of doing, do it. It doesn’t have to be big to make a difference. I think the point in life is to leave this world a little better than you found it. And if you can do that for even one person, then you’ve really accomplished something.

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