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 Collection. Bullet casings are collected from the trash and aro…

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 arou…

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 what it isn't.In January 2015, we incorporate…

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 patriarchy in their daily lives. It is impossible to und…

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 can be BOTH profitable and provide real social value.  This year has been another crazy…