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Who We Are

The Global Village Store is a non-profit, volunteer-operated gift shop selling beautiful hand-made crafts, teas and coffees from fair trade co-operatives around the world. The store is run by volunteers and profit is dispersed in grants, mostly to help producer groups get the training and equipment they need to improve their production.  On a local level, we donate products to be used in silent auctions or as door prizes to support local non-profit groups. 

Fair Trade Benefits

Fair Trade benefits people all around the globe. In developing countries, fair trade is an important way to support people of developing countries make a fair living and become self-sustaining. It equals the economic divide between developed and developing countries. Since 1988, the Global Village store has helped create employment for craftspeople in over 40 producer groups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, providing an outlet where they can sell their goods for a fair price.

Fair trade brings colour into people’s lives

Key Principles of Fair Trade

Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers

Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system.

Transparency and accountability

Fair Trade involves transparent management and commercial relations to deal fairly and respectfully with trading partners.

Capacity building

Fair Trade is a means to develop producers’ independence. Fair Trade relationships provide continuity, during which producers and their marketing organizations can improve their management skills and their access to new markets.

Payment of a fair price

A fair price in the regional or local context is one that has been agreed through dialogue and participation. It covers not only the costs of production but enables production which is socially just and environmentally sound. It provides fair pay to the producers and takes into account the principle of equal pay for equal work by women and men. Fair Traders ensure prompt payment to their partners and, whenever possible, help producers with access to pre-harvest or pre-production financing.

Gender Equity

Fair Trade means that women’s work is properly valued and rewarded. Women are always paid for their contribution to the production process and are empowered in their organizations.

Working conditions

Fair Trade means a safe and healthy working environment for producers. The participation of children (if any) does not adversely affect their well-being, security, educational requirements and need for play and conforms to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as the law and norms in the local context.

The environment

Fair Trade actively encourages better environmental practices and the application of responsible methods of production.

Volunteer

Over our 30 years, we have $3,416,150 in sales. Of this revenue, we have spent $2,014,934 on products including the shipping and other related costs to receive the orders. We have also sent grants totaling up to $253,820.  The remaining revenue was spent on maintenance costs. Contact us if you would like to be part of this exciting global enterprise!

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What Our Volunteers Say…

“I am happy to be part of a great team of volunteers whose aim is to sell products from these countries making a difference to the lives of the disadvantaged in those areas.”

What Our Volunteers Say

“I love volunteering at Global Village because we have so many beautiful creative crafts from around the world. We also get so many interesting people shopping in the store from all over the world, as well as locally, looking for fair trade products.”

 

Why Our Staff Volunteer…

One of our volunteers from China works at Global Villages to learn English and enrich her experience in Canada. This is a great opportunity to be immersed in the heart of downtown Victoria.