“Indego Africa's innovative business and education model creates a broad, deep, and sustainable impact on artisans’ lives.” - Fair Trade Federation
Commitment to Fair Trade
Fair trade does not just mean buying products from communities in developing countries. It means following a series of very specific requirements as set forth by the Fair Trade Federation (FTF). As a proud member of the FTF, Indego Africa's fair trade practices have been thoroughly vetted and found to be in compliance. There is no higher standard for the handicraft industry, and membership is reserved only for organizations that demonstrate a measurable commitment to the long-term development of their artisan partners. Download Indego Africa's Fair Trade Practices Policy.
Indego Africa's fair trade strategy includes:
- Consulting both widely-accepted fair wage calculators and employers in partner communities to determine a fair price for products that it purchases from its artisan partners.
- Paying cooperatives 50% in advance of production, and then the remaining 50% when the products are delivered to Indego Africa in Rwanda.
- Working directly with artisan partners regarding production method, delivery, quantity, work environment, and quality requirements.
- Working exclusively with cooperatives that maintain a safe and humane workplace that complies with local standards and regulations.
- Opposing discrimination of any kind and insisting on equal employment opportunities for women.
For more info, see Indego Africa's Fair Trade Practices Policy. Questions? Email info(at)indegoafrica.org.