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5 Everyday Ways You Can Support Women

This post started off as a message inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s 2010 Ted Talk “Why we have too few women leaders”. I was in my car stuck in traffic, of course, listening to my favorite podcast when Sandberg brought up a brilliant point. She explained how even at a young age, children who have shown strong leadership tendencies are [...]

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How to take care of your jewelry: make it last, make it sustainable

Sustainability Tips: Taking Care of JewelryYou care about sustainability of your products, and that shouldn't end with purchasing wonderfully fair trade pieces like Fair Anita’s jewelry. Taking care of jewelry is important to ensure that it will last a long time, because even the nicest pieces are prone to tangling and tarnishing. With a few [...]

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Why Fair Trade?

Fair Anita was just certified by the Fair Trade Federation, a huge honor and a great affirmation that we're running our business the ethical way!  But what does "fair trade" mean and why does it matter?We know you've worked hard for your money: it's a natural impulse to want to get the most value when [...]

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Earth Week Post: 5 Ideas to Reuse Your Fair Anita Jewelry Pouches

Happy Earth Day!As a fair trade company, Fair Anita is committed to respecting the environment. This is one of ten fair trade principles that we practice, both with our operations around the world and here in the U.S.One of our favorite environmentally-friendly products is our line of recycled bullet casing jewelry from our Ethiopia [...]

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Fair Anita Second Annual Benefit Report

As a social enterprise and Public Benefit Corporation, we're for-profit AND for-good.  Our mission is legally-defined as "empowering under-resourced women through our supply chain and business operations." Each year, we report our organization's impact to the state of Minnesota. View the full report for 2016 here.Highlights include:Investing over $88,850 in our artisan partners around the world (in [...]

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Why We Run A For-Profit, Mission-Based Business

As a mission-based organization, one of the most common misconceptions is that we are a non-profit organization. Our incorporation as a for-profit, mission-based business was very intentional.  We are proud of this, so I wanted to share a bit more about the details and thought process behind this decision.Public Benefit Corporation: what it is and [...]

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Fair Anita, Sexual Violence, and Rape Culture

Founder Joy McBrien talks about rape culture with Rana Kamal, host of Our Issues: Twin Cities.  Watch the full episode:

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Artisan Country Profile: Ethiopia

 Since 2015, Fair Anita has been working with a women’s artisan cooperative located just outside the capital of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Best known for transforming bullet casings from war into beautiful beaded jewelry, these women strive not only to provide for themselves and their families, but also to break down cycles of poverty and [...]

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5 Things I Learned in My 2nd Year Running a Social Enterprise

By Joy McBrien, Founder of Fair AnitaJust over 2 years ago, we incorporated Fair Anita as a Public Benefit Corporation in the State of Minnesota.  An entirely new structure in our state, I knew there would be a learning curve, but I was committed to being along for that ride to provide that a business [...]

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Holiday Styling Tips

Fair Anita is sharing Holiday styling tips with you!The holiday season is the perfect time to wear jewelry with a purpose, and now that you’re stocked up on our beautiful new Fair Anita items, let us help you out!  Find some inspiration from Fair Anita staff and volunteers on how they are styling Fair Anita [...]

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