Dear Fair Trade Friend,

As we all continue to adjust to sheltering in place, we are happy to announce that Chicago Fair Trade will still be hosting the biggest World Fair Trade Day event in the U.S on May 6-8. Check out the save the date for our World Fair Trade Day Reimagined below. More details about this virtual event to follow next week. It promises to be topical, educational, and inspirational. 

We've been in contact with our business member network a lot lately-everyone is sharing information on resources such as loans, etc. As you can imagine, our business members and their producer partners are feeling this crisis deeply.  Read below accounts from artisan partners of two Chicago Fair Trade business members, one in Chicago and one in Colombia. 

We continue to strive to keep our fair trade community connected. A good and easy way to join in is to hop on to our weekly  Fair Trade Coffee Klatch on Saturdays at 10.  Click here for more info. If you need  coffee, you can stock up on Chicago Fair Trade coffee roasted by our business member and friend, Metropolis Coffee. 

If you can forward this email to 3 friends, you will help our community amplify our message three fold. 

Wishing you health and safety,

In solidarity,
Everyone at Chicago Fair Trade
Bright Endeavors 
Chicago-based Bright Endeavors has made the difficult decision to close their production floor to make sure that moms in their program can stay home, stay safe, and care for their families. Their Workforce Development Team is working to implement an eLearning Curriculum for currently enrolled Production Assistants. Bright Endeavors is continuing to pay their staff and participants during this closure. 
Support Bright Endeavors by visiting their online store and purchasing a candle today!  It'll brighten your home. 

They are a registered 501(c)3, and all donations go to support their program and help them support the moms they serve, especially in these uncertain times.

If you’re unable to purchase a candle, support our partner by forwarding this email to family and friends.
Susu Accessories 

SUSU Accessories’ fair trade handmade handbags are the union of avant garde design from SUSU and Wayúu tradition from Colombia. Two languages intertwined to produce bags endowed with soul and terroir.  With no other source of income, over 300 Wayúu artisans, living in La Guajira desert in Colombia, count on their work with SUSU to support their families during these uncertain times. Help support SUSU by shopping their Spring/Summer collection GAIA. Check out the loveliness right here. 
Stock up on Chicago Fair Trade Coffee! 
Delicious coffee delivered to your door!  When you purchase this award-winning organic coffee, it’s a triple win. Not only is it delicious, your purchase supports fair trade farmers in Central and South America, Metropolis Coffee, locally-owned business and CFT member, AND Chicago Fair Trade!  
Purchase here. We sure appreciate it!