The Straight Forward Guide to Taking Care of and Cleaning Your Jewelry

Working with women from 9 different countries, our jewelry is made from many different materials, using many different techniques, and therefore there are different ways to care for it.  While we'd love to say "nothing will tarnish ever!," that just isn't the case, and if someone is telling you it is, they might not be telling it to you straight. So, that's what we're here for-- breaking down…

10 Fair Trade/Ethical Beach Day Must-Haves

The days have been getting longer and hotter and all we want to do is hang out by the water. Inspired by fun in the sun and the official start of summer, here is our list of fair trade and ethical beach day must-haves! Swimsuit. A cute suit to splash around in is top of the list! Right here from home is Minnesota based, Hack with Design House or, HDH. Their pieces are classy timeless options that…

The Heart of Ethiopia: Reflections on a Visit with Artisans in Addis Ababa

Our team took a trip to Ethiopia in early June 2018 to visit our two artisan partners that make jewelry from recycled bullet casings. Our Operations Manager, Anna, reflects on this experience:In the middle of a hot, congested, dusty city that reeks of diesel fumes, we visited two beacons of hope. Women who wouldn’t typically have the option to earn income can now support their families. They make…

Mindset Changes for a Healthy Life

Here are the two things that have been on my mind this week (for reference, this past week was women’s health week): When a woman has opportunities to change her life for the better, her family and community improve right along with her (One of the biggest lessons I have learned working at Fair Anita)Health is a key component to improving one’s life.And yes, those two things put together are what…

Best Commencement Speeches: Words of Wisdom by Influential Women from the Media

Every student looks forward to the day that they are finally able to shout to the world “I DID IT!” This time of the year brings us back to the moment when we were finally recognized for our efforts in school. Whether you’re a graduate this year or not, it’s always fun to be inspired by the brilliant commencement speeches, especially those delivered by honorary guests. Since it’s that season, we…

​When Colonialism and Feminism Clash: Looking Towards an Empowered Future in South Africa

“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression ... unless we see in visible and practical terms that the condition of the women of our country has radically changed for the better, and that they have been empowered to intervene in all aspects of life as equals with any other member of society” -Nelson Mandela 1994Nelson Mandela understood that in o…