May 29, 2013

WFTD Been and Gone

Well, we wonder if Mongolia is actually ready for Fair Trade.  We held World Fair Trade Day (actually over 3 days) and were supported by the "faithful" members of the Expatriate community and a number of interested tourists.  For that we are grateful.  However, there is a sense with elections coming up and position changing over foreign investment laws, Fair Trade is of little importance to most people.

We continue to tell our artisans and staff that what we do is of value, even if it seems small compared to life's problems and insignificant in a land that sees mining solving all life's problems.

The good news is sales were on par with WFTD 2012 and in the process about USD 200 was raised for projects supported by the International Women's Association of Mongolia. And several people won prizes in our WFTD draw.

We celebrated a successful WFTD with our staff highlighting all the hard preparation work we have done ready for our main sales season.

We have taken on and are now training extra staff for the summer - helping them to learn about Mary & Martha, our Artisans, Fair Trade Principles and how to be Unashamedly Ethical ... more on that in a future Blog.

May 8, 2013

11May - World Fair Trade Day

Mary & Martha are celebrating World Fair Trade Day over 3 days - so that no one will miss the opportunity.

This year the focus is "Strengthening Fair Trade Relationships with the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

The International Women's Association of Mongolia do great work supporting those in need through their projects.  As a thank you for all the trade they give to Mary and Martha, we are donating 5% of our sales income over 10, 11, 12 May.  We are hoping for bumper sales in Ulaanbaatar.

So funds to projects; but what about the customers.  We don't give discounts as our margins are about paying our Artisans a living wage.  However, we are running a free prize draw - for every MNT 20,000 spent, a customer receives one Free Draw ticket.  Prizes are from our product range.

We're using WFTD as an opportunity to introduce many new products - especially felt products for I-Pads, Tablets and E-Readers; some new embroidered products and other surprises.