We run development programmes across Africa and South Asia to support poor and vulnerable people to get a better deal from trade.
Our experience has shown time and again that the most powerful take the lion’s share of the value, whilst passing on costs and risks to vulnerable workers, small-scale farmers and artisans who struggle to survive at the bottom of the chain.
That’s why we work with others to help the most vulnerable people have a stronger voice, and to make sure that trade is done in a way that respects and preserves the environment.
How do we do it?
We support small-scale farmers, producers and workers to build collective voice and power by organising into effective representative organisations, and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to exert more power and influence within their trading relationships.
At the same time we work to develop fairer supply chains by addressing inefficiencies, challenging unfair practices and facilitating dialogue and a sense of shared responsibility between key players across the whole chain.
We seek to ensure that no-one is left behind by analysing and addressing vulnerabilities that entrench poverty and exclusion within specific population groups, such as women, disabled people, youth, and specific caste identities in the South Asian context.
All of our work to transform trade centres around two key themes: championing women in trade and trade that doesn’t cost the earth.
Championing women in trade
The majority of the world’s poorest people are women.
Globally, there are 700 million fewer women in paid work than men. Women that are earning are more likely to be in low-paid, insecure employment, and all too often, they are barred from controlling the income they do earn. It’s women, too, who disproportionately bear the burden of unpaid care work, and who face discrimination and exclusion on a daily basis.
By providing women with the knowledge and skills they need to get involved in trade and business, we’ve seen time and time again the innumerable benefits it brings to them, their families, and their communities.
Learn more about some of our projects working with women:
Empowering women vegetable farmers in Kenya
Supporting women cotton farmers in India
Recognising jute workers’ rights in Bangladesh
Trade that doesn’t cost the earth
The current model of trade is harming the planet - it's unsustainable.
Poverty and environmental degradation are closely interlinked. It is the poorest and most vulnerable who suffer most from the impact of climate change and pollution - the very people who have contributed least to the problem.
In a world of finite resources and a rapidly changing climate, Traidcraft Exchange believes in supporting trade and business to become environmentally responsible and climate-resilient.
Learn more about some of our projects working on environmental sustainability:
Supporting innovative textile re-use businesses in Bangladesh
Reducing the environmental costs of India’s textile industry