Fair Trade in the Time of Covid-19 Fairly Traded Marketplace

How often do we see problems “over there” and think “those poor people.” While there is hurt in other countries…there’s also hurt right here in Hamilton. And just as there’s talented people in Canada to help, there’s also talented people in developing countries to help. Nothing is black and white and I don’t think we’d want it to be.

What I’ve been thinking about lately is how, before COVID-19, sometimes it felt like we were against each other in society. We sat on different political party lines, country borders, religious views, the list goes on. We were often so focused on our differences and proving that our way was right, that we forgot that we are all on the same team as human beings.

But now I see how we are uniting against COVID-19. We are coming together (while apart) to protect one another from this virus. We stay at home so healthcare workers can do their job safely, we send flowers to grocery workers to show our appreciation, we order takeout from our favourite local restaurants etc. And you’re probably thinking...how does this relate to a fair trade blog?

I’ve always loved connecting people to each other and to people doing good things for the world. One of my favourite things is introducing like-minded individuals that I think would be great friends or suggesting a business to someone that solves a problem they have.

During this time, I want to help local initiatives as well as global ones. Because this virus really has impacted the whole world. The beautiful thing I’m able to do through this blog is promote local entrepreneurs who support global artisans. I get to connect with people everyday who support their family with a business that also positively impacts artisans abroad.

And I want to share these amazing organizations with you all! Why? With so many events cancelled, I don’t get to share my passion for fair trade and its value in person. So I’m doing it here online! We can learn from each other during this time; instead of arguing and judging each other, we can help one another and make the world a better place because of it.

At the end of the day, I just want to live out my calling. And inspire others to do the same. Live in a way that aligns your values with your actions and don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way. Support each other while you’re at it. It’s our responsibility to live in a way that doesn’t hurt people, animals, or the environment. But instead, positively impacts the world and empowers others to do the same. Is this blog already getting too hippie dippie?

Until next time,


April 25, 2020 — Melanie Vert
Tags: Education


Carmela Vert

Carmela Vert said:

Loved this first blog here Mel!!! Always thought provoking and indeed hippie hippie!! Keep up the good work!!!😍😍😍

Lorraine Ranft

Lorraine Ranft said:

Good for you Melanie. You are one of many that is needed around the world. You are doing a fantastic job.
Congratulations, keep it up.

Best wishes.
Lorraine Ranft.

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