Not all clothing retailers put margin before morals, and Mata Traders is one of those that continues to put ethics first.
Cooperativa Agraria Cacaotera Acopagro Ltda. (ACOPAGRO) is a cocoa producer located in the San Martín region of Peru. The co-operative was established in 1997 by a group of 27 farmers.
Allpa is a Peruvian handcraft organisation whose name means ‘earth’ in Quechua Indian. The organisation employs 27 people and works with hundreds of families located in various parts of Peru.
Andean Naturals is a USA-based quinoa buyer that believes strongly in empowering Bolivian quinoa farmers and promoting sustainable agriculture in the Andes.
Apicoop is a co-operative made up of 350 beekeepers, all in the Valdivia region of southern Chile. They live in rural communities where work is scarce.
Association Ton (ATN)
ATN works with mango and cashew nut producers in Burkina Faso. They dream of providing a nursery for staff and the community, an ambulance for the local hospital, and a micro credit union for ATN members.
The Fairtrade Foundation states on its website: ‘Gold is a symbol of love, power, and wealth the world-over, but look behind the glitz and the reality is not so glamorous…’
Bukonzo Organic Farmers Co-operative Union started out as a group of six organic coffee farmers who were keen to spread their message of environmental awareness.
For over 15 years, Candela has used Shared Interest finance to sustain a precious relationship with the Peruvian Amazon.
CEPIBO is owned by 12 banana farmers' associations representing over 1,000 workers. Due to the perishable nature of bananas, the main way that CEPIBO can increase its export sales is by improving harvesting, packing and transportation.
COCOPACK is a Fairtrade coconut producer based in Ivory Coast – the first organisation to obtain FLO certification for coconut in Africa, and the first coconut producer Shared Interest has financed.
Dalit Candles is a buyer customer based in High Peak, UK. They use the proceeds from their business to help fund the schools and children's homes they have built and managed in India for over 20 years.
Namayiana means blessed in the Maasai language and is a fitting name for this group of handcraft producers based in the Ngong area of Kenya, who have empowered women by sharing skills.
Raymisa produces and exports high-quality crafts. They are currently using a Shared Interest credit facility to pay alpaca farmers on delivery of their wool, instead of waiting for the final product to be sold.
Suhum cocoa co-operative in Ghana is using a Shared Interest loan to improve their community.
With over a decade of experience, UCASA honey co-operative plays a vital role in the El Sauce community of Nicaragua.
UES is a group of 1,379 coffee producers from Chiapas estate, South Pacific of Mexico.
UGF/CDN is a shea butter co-operative in Reo, Burkina Faso established 25 years ago.
With the support of Comic Relief, Shared Interest Foundation has been working in Swaziland since 2010.
Malawi Fairtrade Network
Through our work with the Malawi Fairtrade Network, eight tea and sugar co-operatives have drawn closer to achieving their longer term goals through financial planning.
Lemberona is a fair trade buyer of a wide range of high quality organic dried fruits, herbs and nuts, with the majority of their producers based in Uzbekistan.
Kenyan coffee co-operative, Kabuboni has been able to fund a dairy project, and farmers are able to earn an additional income following our Access to Finance project.