Catholic Relief Services and Equal Exchange have had a partnership since 2007, in a collaboration to involve more Catholic individuals and communities in supporting small farmers around the world.
When Catholics purchase fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods through the CRS Fair Trade Project with Equal Exchange, 1.3% of sales go towards the Small Farmer Fund, through which grants are awarded to farmers and artisans in the global south and U.S. marketplace to build a more fair and sustainable trading system. This year's grantees include projects in Palestine and Afghanistan, and Fair Trade research and advocacy in the United States. That amounted to $14,141.91 in 2012 alone!
Catholic Relief Services is the official overseas relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and carries out their commitment to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS is motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life; foster charity and justice; and embody Catholic social and moral teaching. CRS promotes human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies. They also serve Catholics in the United States who strive to live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, CRS works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.
Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade organization that buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because our farmer partners are paid above market prices for their crops, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical trainings. These cooperative organizations also help keep rural communities healthy and strong, and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation and organic practices.
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