Fair Anita

Woodbury,  MN 
United States
http://www.fairanita.com
  • Booth: M6


Fair trade products designed to empower. Cute + affordable.

*No minimum orders. Free shipping show special.*

Fair trade jewelry, accessories, and clothing. Designed in the USA, made by 8,000+ women in 16 countries. Shop recycled bullet casing jewelry from Ethiopia, Peru sterling silver, and our trendy + inexpensive India Collection. 50+ SKUs under $13!

Brands: Chile Collection: jewelry made from recycled metals. Shop best-selling rings and dangle earrings., Ethiopia Collection: jewelry made from recycled bullet casings. Bullets to beautiful!, India Collection: 50+ SKUs under $13 wholesale. Many best-sellers!, Peru Collection: sterling silver jewelry made from recycled silver. , Mexico Collection: trendy clothing handmade by women in Mexico City.


 Show Specials

  • (Oct 03, 2017)
    No minimum orders (ever) with Fair Anita!  Shop products that are designed to empower at booth M6 on the mezzanine. 
  • (Oct 03, 2017)
    Fair Anita is offering free shipping on all orders placed during the show! Stop by booth M6 to shop products designed to empower.

 Press Releases

  • February 15 2017: Saint Paul, Minnesota - Fair Anita is proud to announce a total of 88,847.23 USD generated for women across the world in 2016. Fair Anita is capable of generating such a figure because 40% of artisans reported that working with our company has allowed them to employ additional artisans due to our reliable and consistent partnerships.


    Fair Anita seeks to be part of the solution to sexual violence through economic empowerment. By providing women with the opportunities for financial independence they deserve, Fair Anita seeks to create a community of women who can move forward together to bring about change. Access to economic security allows women to leave their abuser and stop the cycle of sexual violence through creation of a caring household where women are seen as powerful and independent.

     

    A job is more than just an income, it’s a tool of empowerment that enables women and their communities to move forward. One Peruvian artisan thanked Fair Anita “for the love and the trust that you have in us. It is beautiful to know that we are cared for and appreciated by people in other countries, and that other people find value in my work. My sincere congratulations for the work you’re doing for women who suffer from violence. You give them value and raise their esteem so they can move forward.”

     

    When one woman gains power, her community does as well. When more women work, economies grow. A range of international studies show that increasing the share of household income made by women changes family spending in ways that benefit their children. A cambodian artisan told us that having a job means working “to live meaningfully and to become the people we know we can be.”

     

    It is estimated that for every dollar a women receives in income, 90 cents are returned to the community, compared to the 40 cents returned for every dollar a man receives. When women earn more money, sales of bread and milk increase, whereas when men earn more money, spending on gambling and alcohol increases. However, women are more likely than men to work in informal employment, which sees higher rates of pay inequity and consist of generally more undervalued and vulnerable jobs than the formal sector.

     

    By giving women access to consistent and well paid formal employment Fair Anita seeks to be a positive force in showing communities that women are strong and capable and should be treated as respected members of society. An Indian worker explained the magnitude of importance that transforming “from someone living in poverty, despised by the community, to being known as a fair trade artist, working with dignity—it is just incredible.”

     

    For more information or to request an interview, please email info@fairanita.com  or call us at 612-524-9570

  • September 6, 2015: St Paul, Minnesota - Fair Anita is proud to announce a partnership with a talented Ethiopian women’s cooperative. Our organizations’ combined efforts will result in a beautiful jewelry line with a profound message. 150 Female artisans of the collective collect and melt down bullet casings from the Ethiopian-Eritrean War and then craft them into beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. This artisan collective operates on Entoto Mountain, in the surrounding villages of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital and most populous city. This cooperative provides refuge, health care, and a chance at a new life for Ethiopian women who have survived war, domestic violence, and societal oppression.

     

        Most of the artisans who work in the collective suffer from HIV/AIDS, or fistula, a condition which causes them to leak urine or blood constantly. They acquired these conditions because of the sexual violences they have faced through no fault of their own. Oftentimes it is hard to admit to oneself the reality of a HIV positive status and seek out help because the stigma is so greatly internalized. One artisan recounts,

     

    “I came to this community 12 years ago, right after my husband and daughter passed away. It took me years to accept that I have HIV/AIDS in my blood. It has been 6 years since I started with this artisan group, and I’m very thankful for it because through this job I have started living again.”

     

    This collective provides these valuable, but disenfranchised Ethiopian women with the healthcare and community they need so that they can go on to lead successful lives despite the injustices and great losses they have suffered. The mental health support that this community provides is crucial to success as one artisan details,

     

    “It has been 10 years since I discovered I was HIV positive. At first, I wanted to take my life, but joining this artisan group has enabled me to have friends who understand me and a job to build self-esteem. I have also started dreaming for my future.”

     

    Oftentimes these diseases tear apart families through death and stigma. This happened to Mekdes, who

     

    “found out that she had the virus [HIV] after her husband died. She left her three children to live with relatives because she was unable to raise them alone, but since she started making jewelry, which became her source of income, Mekdes and her children got a chance of living a happy life together again.”

     

    These women strive not only to provide for themselves and their families, but also to break the cycle of impoverishment and resist the patriarchal structures that are forced upon them. They choose to reject society's marginalization of themselves in favor of courageously moving forward to bring about change in their own lives and for others. In this way, these women represent the beautiful result of fighting for what is right, both in the jewelry that they make and the story that it tells.

     

    For more information or to request an interview, please email info@fairanita.com  or call us at 612-524-9570

  • May 6 2017: St Paul, Minnesota - Fair Anita is proud to announce our certification of Fair Trade status by the Fair Trade Federation. To be a Fair Trade Company means to operate a trade agreement

     

    “based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers– especially in the South.”

    • WTFO (World Trade Federation Organization)

     

    Our certification states that Fair Anita follows the guidelines of the Fair Trade Principles, such as: providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers, fair wages, good working conditions, no child labour, commitment to gender equity and empowerment, respect for the environment, skill building for the employees, and accountability. Additionally, The Federation informed us that we were one of the strongest candidates that they had seen; usually companies have to go through three rounds of checks, but we were accepted just after the initial round.

     

        Having Fair Trade status reaffirms the equitable practices we knew we were already committed to. Fair Anita is proud to join the other members of the Fair Trade Organization whose dedication to these principles “prove that greater justice in world trade is possible”  and “highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.”(WTFO)

     

    We are excited for the increased growth this certificate will bring our company and thus the even greater number of women who will have economic opportunities to live an independent and successful life.


 Products

  • Fair Anita Chile Collection
    Handmade from recycled materials by women in Chile. Best selling earrings ($9-16), rings ($12-17), and bracelets ($11).<br />...

  • No minimum orders and free shipping on all orders placed during the show!
  • Fair Anita Ethiopia Collection
    Made from recycled bullet casings by women in Ethiopia, these pieces have a story to tell. Prices wholesale $7-44...

  • No minimum orders and free shipping on all orders placed during the show!
  • Fair Anita India Collection
    Our best-selling line of fair trade jewelry-- everything is $13 or under so it's priced to move! Women are paid 3x the minimum wage plus receive health care and educational benefits....

  • No minimum orders and free shipping on all orders placed during the show!
  • Fair Anita Clothing and Scarves
    Shop our lovely selection of clothing and scarves made fair trade by women in Mexico, India, Vietnam, and Egypt. Soft fabrics priced at $10-34....

  • No minimum orders and free shipping on all orders placed during the show!
  • Fair Anita Peru Collection
    Sterling silver pieces made fair trade by women in Peru. Fair trade doesn't have to mean expensive! Prices range $12-21....

  • No minimum orders and free shipping on all orders placed during the show!
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