Day 1: Back to the Base

Day 1: Back to the Base

The bipolar nature of leaving on this journey is dulled by the sterility of the airport. Not that this airport is any worse or better than any other. Looking around me I see the same mussed-up hair and red eyes…

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Uganda Part One: Cooperatives

Uganda Part One: Cooperatives

“You are most welcome.” The male farmers congregate in a simple concrete building on the edge of the red dirt road in Demukata Society, about an hour up the mountain from Mbale town. As we enter the humble space, there…

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Fair Trade is Dead

Fair Trade is Dead

  Now dry that tear because I have some good news. Out of Fair Trade’s™ ashes there is already a movement to build something better and it is coming from the people who were virtually shut out of the old…

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What is “Fair”?

What is “Fair”?

Today I received a note from a good friend who has spent over a decade in the Fair Trade movement. When I say “Fair Trade” here I am making the assumption that you all know exactly what I mean. But…

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New Beginnings in El Salvador

New Beginnings in El Salvador

There’s something special about El Salvador–the history, the struggle, the per severance of the people, the edge…something that draws you in to this tiny country, like a strange addiction.  I caught the bug early on, after being sucked into the culture…

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