Fair Trade Shop
Open the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.until 3 p.m., each Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. & other hours upon request.
The primary purpose of the Fair Trade Shop is to provide an outlet for products and crafts grown or created by people in parts of the world where poverty is the norm. These people are often victims of marketeers who would seek to profit at their expense. Church organizations have intervened and started such programs as the Presbyterian Coffee Project and SERRV International. These non-profit organizations see to it that those who provide the goods are paid fairly, that they can earn a living wage for their families, and the earth is not damaged in the process.
The second purpose of having the Fair Trade Shop at the church is to provide a place where Tulsans can purchase these products year-round.Some people are confused by the designations “fair trade” and “free trade.” There is a big difference! “Free trade” goods come from countries that have signed an agreement with the United States that there will be no extra tariffs or taxes added to the prices of their products. “Fair trade” goods, on the other hand, are made available through not-for-profit organizations that work to increase standards in developing parts of the world. Specifically, they strive to:
•Pay fair wages in the local context
•Offer employees opportunities for advancement
•Provide equal opportunities for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged
•Engage in environmentally sustainable practices
•Be open to public accountability
•Build long-term trade relationships
•Provide healthy and safe working conditions within the local context
•Provide financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible