About SIS International Shop - Fair Trade
Located in Downtown Davenport, Iowa and just a tad up from the Mississippi River. 108 E. Second Street.
We offer a wholly Fair Trade shop - the only one in the Quad Cities area.
WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?
Fair Trade is a market-based approach to connecting marginalized artisans and producers to trade in a responsible manner. Many times, marginalized artisans do not have the knowledge or tools to participate in trade, and as a result, they are at risk of either being exploited or losing their art. Fair trade supports those producers and respects basic workers' rights. Fair Trade principles require fair wages for artisans and creation of sustainable jobs in safe working conditions, promoting eco-friendly products & practices, and eliminating child labor.
YOUR PURCHASE MATTERS
Every time you purchase a fair trade product, you are buying a story of equality, transparency and respect. When you buy such goods, you are openly expressing your values. Fair Trade is nothing more than simply being fair. Your purchase becomes a step forward towards the eradication of poverty, while creating higher standards of living. You spark change by creating a demand of Fair Trade products in your local stores. As demand grows, the higher the impact you create on producers and their families.
FAIR TRADE GOODS DO NOT NECESSARILY COST MORE
Fair Trade organizations work directly with producers which helps eliminate any exploitative transactions. In return, you are able to enjoy a product you love at an affordable price, while a greater return goes back to the producer community. This allows them to preserve their culture and shape a better future for generations to come. Also, Fair Trade gifts and accessories are mostly artisanal handmade pieces, which make them unique in themselves.