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Disciples of Christ Fair Trade Project

Started in 2008, the Disciples of Christ Fair Trade Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange, Disciples Home Missions, and Week of Compassion to involve more Disciples in supporting small farmers around the world.

Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade organization that buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because farmers 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.

Through the Disciples of Christ Fair Trade Project, you get access to Organic, fairly-traded products at discounted wholesale case prices, ensuring that more of the money you spend on coffee and other products reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow them.

How to Use Fairly TradedCoffee, Tea & Chocolate

Equal Exchange brings you high-quality coffee, tea and cocoa products — always paying farmers fairly. You can order over the phone, or by making an account for your church on our web store. Make sure to select "DOC Project" from the "Coffee Project" drop down menu during registration — each purchase you make earns credit for Week of Compassion. There are many ways to share these delicious products at church and in your community.

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There are other ways to get involved! Start a Buying Club to save money by sharing full cases of coffee, tea and chocolate. Sell Organic and ethically-sourced products at your local Farmer's Market. Or join us on a Delegation to visit coffee farmers.

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Meet Disciples Home Missions and Week of Compassion

Disciples Home Missions, a General Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is the enabling and coordinating division of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in congregational program and mission in North America. DHM's priorities include leader development, congregational transformation, faith formation and Christian vocations.

Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development ministry fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada. WOC helps North American Disciples contribute to relief and development efforts worldwide. WOC also encourages and supports volunteer groups in "hands-on" mission and service opportunities in North America and abroad.

For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Disciples purchase through the Fair Trade Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the Project's Small Farmer Fund. That Fund amounted to $1,110.77 in 2019! If you want the Small Farmer Fund to receive the $.15 per pound, don't forget to choose the DOC Project in the "Coffee Project" drop down menu when signing up for an account on our web store.

Small Farmer Funds are put in The Women's Empowerment Fund. The Women's Empowerment Fund was launched by the Week of Compassion at the 2010 Quadrennial. Rooted in the knowledge that economic and social development around the world, including in North America, depends on how we support and empower women, this fund supports the work of Week of Compassion partners to support the educational, entrepreneurial, and other aspirations of women all over the world.

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