Fair Trade Friend: Pachamama

Written by Cafe Campesino on Aug 1, 2005 in Fair Trade Friends, NEWSLETTER |

Pachamama, A World of Artisans

Café Campesino is delighted to feature our friends at Pachamama in this month’s issue of Fair Grounds. Located in Santa Cruz, CA, Pachamama, A World of Artisans, is a Fair Trade organization dedicated to working towards economic justice through educating consumers about the importance of purchasing Fair Trade products.

A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Pachamama is developing conscious consumerism through Fair Trade via: 1) the sale of Fair Trade products – fostering Fair Trade relationships with artisans worldwide, educating the consumer about the high quality products these artisans create and selling them at home parties, online and during special events; 2) the production of Fair Trade events – producing an annual Fair Trade Expo in Santa Cruz, CA and other cities; 3) conducting Fair Trade tours – organizing Fair Trade tours to cooperatives overseas in order to allow people to see first hand the affects their purchases have on people around the world; 4) providing Fair Trade education – presenting the issues about Fair Trade, the problems with NAFTA & CAFTA (Free Trade Agreements of the Americas) and Corporate Exploitation to educate friends, family, co-workers, employees and customers and; 5) publishing a monthly e-newsletter to help keep the public updated on  issues focused on Fair Trade and the labor movement.

Pachamama means Mother Earth. It is from the Quechua language which is spoken by the Quechuan people in the Andean region of Latin America. It is spoken today by approximately 13 million people in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Northern Chile, Argentina, and Southern Colombia. It was the official language of Tawantinsuyu, the Inca Empire. The Quechuan people honor Pachamama’s power and good humor towards people and their necessities, which is one of the main aspects of survival in the Andean regions with hard climate.

To learn more about Pachamama, A World of Artisans, visit their website at www.pachamamaworld.com, email them at info@pachamamaworld.com or give them a call at 831-427-0889.

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