Our Business Members

CFT boasts 50+ incredible business members who are bringing fair-trade goods to Chicago and all over the world. Check out their businesses below.

If you're a business and want to get involved, go to our Become a Member page for an application.

ABBY ALLEY is an independent design brand that creates fashion collections in East Africa with the purpose of giving back to initiatives in the region that provide access to education, basic needs, and employment opportunities.

Having lived and worked in Kenya for six years, founders Moses and Iris established Afrikan Duka to support Kenyan artisans and female entrepreneurs by giving them a platform to display their talent and products in the U.S.

Charmed by the people on Ghana and the vibrancy of their culture while visiting the country on a mission trip, founder Terri Neil was inspired to find a way to expand the market for Ghanaian artisans so they could better support themselves and their families. Within a year, Artisans of Ghana was created with a mission to expand economic options for its artisans & to make Ghanaian products available to consumers in the United States.

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor, General Gift

The Bean Caffe/Awake operate four cafes in Chicago including The Bean at DePaul and the Port Center Cafe at UIC. At all of our venues, we are proud to serve fair trade Metropolis Coffee.

Food & Beverage

Blossom Inspirations is a fair trade company working with artisans & their communities to produce toys, ornaments, and women’s fashion accessories. Each product was designed and produced in a such a way that positively affects their artisans, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, and the environment.

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor, Babies & Kids, General Gift

Bright Endeavors is a non-profit social enterprise of New Moms Inc, that instills confidence, professionalism, and responsibility into adolescent mothers. They provide intensive training and a pathway out of poverty for young mothers in Chicago as they transition into quality, permanent employment. Participants gain job skills as they produce premium soy candles and bath products.

 

Home Decor, General Gift, Bath & Beauty

We create unique, high-quality clothing from some of the best material in the world – alpaca fiber.   We are a social impact company benefiting the small businesses and communities in Peru with whom we work.  Our belief is that business should be a force for GOOD.  We are dedicated to creating new and exciting products while benefiting the communities with whom we work.  We ensure fair wages are paid to all of our team members and work with them to offer opportunities to build them up!

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Canaan Fair Trade, a Palestinian commercial enterprise, enables small farmers and women organized in village cooperatives to pool their resources and have direct access to long-term global market opportunities through the sale of olive oil, almonds, and other regional delicacies. This enterprise helps to create economic stability for rural Palestinian communities caught in the midst of conflict.

 

Food & Beverage

CauseGear is an accessories brand with a focus on human justice. The line is designed in Chicago and made in India, and their mission is to transform the lives of people trapped in poverty to become self-sustaining. Every item has the name & face of your crafter and every purchase supports a job, paying 5x the local norm.

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories

CEW Design Studio is a Chicago-based art therapy social enterprise serving Bosnian refugees and South Asian immigrant women. CEW, which stands for “Creatively Empowered Women,” provides a welcoming space for sewing, knitting, crocheting, and art sessions that enhance life skills and cultivate a sense of community. They promote holistic well being through skill sharing and fellowship and empower women by offering practical, economic, and emotional support.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Fair Anita

Fair Anita is a social enterprise that exists to create opportunities for women and girls, selling cute + ethical + affordable jewelry and accessories made by over 8,000  women in 9 countries. We partner with female artisan collectives and provide them with fair wages, long-term employment, and business development opportunities. By paying artisans at two or three times the minimum wage, we generate income for women that helps them respond to violent gender dynamics in their community. By committing to reliable partnerships, we help our partners grow their businesses and provide more women with paths to economic independence. By connecting resilient and talented artisans with new markets and customers, we're helping women be leaders in their communities. We aim to create a community of women who celebrate, support, and invest in one another's success, building a world where we can all thrive-- no matter our geography.

https://fairanita.com/

Fairgrass brings beautiful fair trade baskets, sourced from Africa, to you for your home and gift giving.  Every basket they offer is hand crafted by an artisan who is paid a living wage for their work.  Whether you buy a beautiful, useful woven market basket from Ghana, a finely woven tray from Uganda or a unique, very special telephone wire basket fashioned by a Zulu master weaver, you will know that your purchase supports the artisan who created it in a fair trade fashion.

 

 

Home Decor

Global Attic LLC is a woman-owned business that sells home décor sourced from
founder Kabria Cummings' travels around the world. Kabria is passionate about
providing merchandise that not only beautifies the home but also helps to improve the
world by helping to sustain the global community through fair pay, education, and giving
back initiatives.

Global Elements strives to provide economic opportunities for skilled artisans in their craft as well as protect the environment. We often work directly with the artisans to make unique and fun handbags and accessories.  Eco-friendly or reusable materials are used where possible and we educate consumers about the benefits. Most items are made in small quantities and some are one of a kind.

 

 

Home Decor, Gift

Global Handmade Hope is a fair trade wholesale and retail store. They opened their doors in 2009 and offer sustainably produced merchandise from around the world. You’ll find a diverse array of fair trade home decor, accessories, apparel, kids’ items, and food in their shop – all produced fairly by artisans and farmers from developing countries.

 

 

Food & Beverage, General Gift, Babies & Kids

Gracia’s mission is to economically empower young women in Guatemala. Economic empowerment means young women are able to earn income, become financially literate, live independently, and stand up for themselves.

 

 

Gracias is a mobile fair trade retailer, regularly attending local craft fairs, farmers’ markets, and church or synagogue fair trade bazaars. They work to provide people living in poverty with good jobs that pay fair wages. The artisans whose crafts they sell work to make their families’ lives and their communities safer, healthier, and more economically stable.

 

 

General Gift

Grain of Rice Project is a ministry that empowers artisans, families, and children in Kenya with educational and employment opportunities.  We work directly with all of our artisans, who create handmade, fair trade jewelry, bags, purses, home decor, accessories, and more using paper beads, scrap fabric, and other eco-friendly materials.  GORP runs a workshop in Kibera Slum in Nairobi, where many of our artisans live.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor

Change the world with your purchase. Greenheart Shop is Chicago’s premier eco-friendly and fair trade not-for-profit retail store. Greenheart believes that consumers have the power to affect positive change in the world by supporting sustainable and fair trade business practices. Shop sustainable jewelry, kitchen and home decor, gifts, and more.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor

Guardian Village Handicrafts empowers women in Nepal to make a living through vocational training and life skill development. There are currently over thirty ladies who are trained and equipped to craft the beautiful hand-beaded jewelry and accessories. Our crafters are able to earn an income that allows them to properly care for themselves and their families. Each GVH crafter is given an opportunity to learn to read and write, in addition to learning practical life skills and earning a wage.

 

 

Helping Hand Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that helps businesses source socially responsible products for their clients and customers. From gourmet foods and bath products to handcrafted jewelry and tech accessories, they offer unique products produced by their carefully-selected partners, social enterprises and fair trade organizations in the United States and around the world that share a common goal—helping people improve their lives and become self-sufficient by providing job opportunities to those with barriers to employment.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor

Huaywasi, a project of The Light & Leadership Initiative, works with indigenous women in Peru to provide education opportunities, job skills training, and a market for their artisan products. The Light & Leadership Initiative works with several artisans, all women, who are looking to further develop their handicraft skills while providing a steady source of economic support to their household.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor

ILAVA aims to become one of the leading, socially responsible fashion brands in the industry by offering the best quality attire and lifestyle items at a price point that reflects the brand's ability to give back. More importantly, ILAVA wants to create a culture where women will embrace the uniqueness and versatility of African clothes without feeling out of place in mainstream society. By celebrating women, entrepreneurship, education, and success against all odds, ILAVA will continue to grow ahead of the curve and offer unique products to service the ILAVA woman. In addition to this, ILAVA will continue to give back to the country of Tanzania and other global south countries through amazing programs, partnerships, and sponsorships. ILAVA derived from Nyamwezi, a Tanzanian tribal language which means "It Can Be Done!". 

Indie-Pendant is a Chicago-based jewelry design house founded by GIA-certified graduate gemologist Anjali Raj Hansoty. She works with Fair Trade Certified companies in India to produce small-batch and one-of-a-kind designs. Women (specifically) and community empowerment are concepts she believes in and promotes. Indie-Pendant offers modern contemporary designs made with traditional workmanship. Bespoke commissions are welcome.

 

 

Jewelry

Kathmandu Yogi is about unlocking your inner potential and living beyond limits. From meditation cushions, to yoga mat bags, to malas, Kathmandu Yogi products complement your lifestyle and help facilitate your daily practices to nurture your body and mind. All Kathmandu Yogi products are fairly and sustainably made, and the brand’s trading partnerships are based on dialogue, transparency, and respect.

 

 

Health & Wellness

Gorgeous, unique products handcrafted by the tenacious people of South Africa. Accessories made from Ostrich Feather & Leather, Mohair, Crocodile and Springbok. All materials used to create our products are sustainably farmed, ethically sourced and handmade using fair trade principles whilst aiming for zero-waste. We are committed to Aesthetic and Quality, bringing you a glamorous piece of Africa to wear for a lifetime. 

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor

The Little Traveler is a retail store in Geneva, IL, that sends travelers to scout throughout Europe and the Far East to bring back the most wonderful treasures. Visitors will find an ever-changing collection with new shipments arriving continuously. Be sure to check out their Fair Trade Gallery!

Fashion Accessories, Apparel, Home Decor, Housewares, Fair Trade Food

A project of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, Loom is a Chicago-based social enterprise for refugee women from Bhutan, Iraq, Congo, and Afghanistan, where women gather together weekly to produce beautiful handmade products designed in collaboration with local Chicago designers. Refugee women have the opportunity to create, market, and sell their products as a source of income for their families. As a result of this social enterprise, women who have fled war and violence from all over the world have the opportunity to work together in Chicago, learn new skills, produce beautiful handmade products, earn an income, and be a part of a community of creative and enterprising women.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor

Malia Designs is a socially responsible fair trade brand that designs and sells handbags and accessories. The company was formed to increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and to support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Marketplace: Handwork of India is a pioneering non-profit that empowers women in India to break the cycle of poverty as they become leaders in their work, their homes, and their neighborhoods, and affect lasting change in their communities. Marketplace works with over 400 artisans in 11 cooperatives that produce high-quality women’s apparel and home decor. They learn skills such as sewing and embroidery and participate in all aspects of running their cooperatives. In addition, programs offer educational and enrichment opportunities designed to help the artisans overcome personal, cultural, and financial obstacles.

 

 

Mata Traders is a Chicago-based fair trade apparel and accessories brand. Their products are handmade using artistic traditions such as block-printing and embroidery, combined with flattering design and a flair for color. That’s just half the story – Mata provides fashion with impact. For their producers, it’s an opportunity to make a better life for their families.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories

MAYTA Collection is a boutique ethical fashion label inspired by a love of travel, culture, and indigenous art forms.  Founder and designer Maggie O’Reilly travels frequently and has connected with many artisans on her journeys. Each piece is handcrafted in small batches using up-cycled, found textiles and raw materials. We work with artisans in Morocco and Peru to source fabrics that would otherwise have been discarded, then create pieces that will breathe new life into the materials.

 

 

Metropolis Coffee is one of Chicago’s most well-known coffee brands, and several of their beans are certified fair trade and sold in local coffee shops and grocery stores. Metropolis is committed to building community & investing in Chicago-area employees, including a partnership with Aspire Coffeeworks, providing jobs roasting their coffee beans for Chicagoans with disabilities.

 

 

Food & Beverage

Milagros envisions a better world for girls and young women: a future in which each woman has economic opportunity and a recognized voice in her home, her workplace, and her community. Milagros jewelry and crafts are completely hand-made by young women in the Gracia program. All profits are directed back to the girls, helping to meet their daily needs, funding the training program, and providing emergency funds for special needs.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Motif is a friendly business that connects the amazing artisans of Bangladesh with fair trade buyers worldwide since 1998. Their on-trend lines of accessories and home decor are made from local materials using only traditional techniques, which ensures many livelihoods are benefitted in the making of each product. Now available to retailers in the US via Minga Fair Trade Imports.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor

The Mustard Seed, a fair trade shop in Lake Forest, is committed to partnering with cooperatives and artisans in developing countries to provide a market for their creations. Their suppliers pay a fair wage and/or allow the artisans to set the price for their products so they can make a sustainable living and emerge from poverty. The Mustard Seed also donates a portion of its profits to organizations that help empower women and children.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor, Food & Beverage

Omolaso Designs was created out of a void in the children’s market. A fashion line specializing in contemporary ready-to-wear pieces for boys and girls, Omolaso Designs combines the bold and vibrant African prints of the past with modern designs for a stylish yet affordable clothing line. Ranging from active wear to formal wear, Omolaso Designs are colorful, durable, and fun.

 

 

PINTL + KEYT,  was founded in 2015 by designer sisters Shifra and Leah Whiteman. We are a Chicago design collective. PINTL means a point and KEYT loosely translates to connection in Yiddish (Shifra and Leah's first language). First and foremost, we are a design collective; each with very distinct style and direction. Through collaboration we use inspiration from across the spectrum to push us forward and tell a story. Driven by a desire to change the socio-economic and environmental effects of fast fashion and manufacturing, we at PINTL + KEYT strive to produce products in the most sustainable and responsible manner.  We take pride in using organic materials and in paying those who produce our products at Work+Shelter, a livable wage.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Production Mode, a Chicago-made line of apparel and accessories, draws on the strengths of the art, design, and activist communities in Chicago and beyond. Featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine, their collection is made to order at their Chicago studio, which allows them to minimize ecological and financial waste. Production Mode is committed to fair trade practices, including transparency through their supply chain, paying living wages to the weavers, tanners, cutters, and stitchers who produce their pieces, and reducing their environmental impact. Production Mode’s showroom and production space is open to the public.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Formerly Heshima Kenya, RefuSHE specializes in identifying and protecting unaccompanied and separated refugee children and youth, especially girls, young women, and their children, living in Nairobi, Kenya. Through their peer-driven social enterprise project, The Maisha Collective, RefuSHE fosters leadership and business management skills through the design and production of unique hand-dyed scarves and textiles. Participants in this program gain life-long business and marketing skills that develop their confidence and prepare them for future independence.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Sandpiper Imports offers a unique & classic collection of high-quality .925 sterling silver jewelry handcrafted by artisans in Bali, Indonesia.  In keeping with internationally recognized fair trade principles, Sandpiper Imports is focused on building equitable, long-term partnerships with their artisans and honoring their rich cultural creativity and traditional craftsmanship by selecting pieces that were designed by the artisans themselves.

 

 

Fashion Apparel & Accessories