It’s been a rough few months for everyone, but we are so grateful to have physically opened our doors at Outpour Fairtrade Boutique on May 29th! As owners, we took the time off to really focus on what we want as a business. How can we get to know our customers and offer the best customer service we possibly can. How can we educate everyone that walks through our door about the importance of fairtrade, and the many lives it impacts. We took the time off to research other countries to partner with, and fill our boutique with NEW products! We are so excited about having an inventory that empowers women (and men) and provides dignified jobs to countless artisans around the globe! Under a fairtrade system, developing countries get an opportunity to export goods such as tea, chocolate, gold, sugar, handicrafts, and flowers to developed countries thus promoting international trade. Even when commodity prices fall, farmers and artisans are still paid the guaranteed minimum price for their products, so they have a basic safety net against poverty. This system addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which too often leaves the poorest and weakest producers earning less than it cost them to grow their crops.
A percentage of every purchase at our Boutique goes right back into the mission of Operation Outpour. It will bring education to children in need, provide jobs, and teach sustainable agriculture techniques to the children at the school, as well as their families and those in the community. Providing jobs and education in a rural part of Haiti has blessed so many.