Frequently Asked Questions - Fair Anita
What is a social enterprise?
Via Wikipedia (yeah, who doesn't love Wikipedia!?), a social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders.
Basically, we're a do-good business.
Is Fair Anita a nonprofit or for profit organization?
Fair Anita is a mission-based, for-profit organization: a Public Benefit Corporation. This means that our mission of empowering female entrepreneurs is at the heart of everything we do. Our for-profit structure allows us to have flexibility when working with entrepreneurs around the world. It also permits us to scale more quickly, meaning more jobs for women who are making the fair trade products around the world. We incorporated as a Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation on January 2, 2015 with the help of Fredrikson & Byron. Because of this, our mission is legally written into our incorporation documents, which is a great thing! This provides protection to our fair trade artisans, ensuring that they'll receive fair trade wages no matter what's happening with the company, and it provides accountability to our customers and community. Want to know more about this decision? Read our blog post here.
How much money from my purchase supports female empowerment?
A whole lot of it. The exact amount differs by product and by country collection, though it's almost always between 30-60%. We pay fair prices (3x minimum wage) to the female artisans who create the fair trade product, which sets the baseline for the cost. The additional cost pays for materials, transportation, customs, website expenses, and paying our wonderful Fair Anita team, which makes this a sustainable income source for women around the world. We end up donating a lot of fair trade product to nonprofit organizations that support female empowerment, too. We're happy to be transparent regarding cost-- visit our Artisans page to learn more about artisan payment by country location.
I know a great women's group in another country. Will you sell their products?
At this time, we're trying to really build up the 19 groups we're working with. Part of fair trade is long-term relationships, so we want to make sure we can first sustain fair trade jobs with the women we're already working with before expanding to other areas.
How long does shipping take?
We try to be speedy fast! Orders ship in 1-3 days from our warehouse, and the rest is up to the post office. You'll receive a tracking number, so feel free to check on their progress. For international customers, please allow more time; while we will ship it quickly, the packages can sometimes get stuck in customs, which is outside of our control. We do our best to get you your purchase in a timely manner!
How do I make a return?
We want you to LOVE your product, so if you're not happy with it for any reason, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will get you return shipment information. Returns are accepted up to 30 days after receiving your product(s). If your product arrives damaged, please let us know ASAP so we can get you a replacement.
Where can I see Fair Anita products in person?
Our products are available in stores, at pop-ups and at tradeshows. Check out our events page to check out our products in person.
Are you hiring?
We wish! We're a tiny team of 2 full-timers at the moment, but we hope to expand to a point where can provide jobs for awesome women in the US who align with our mission. Right now, we're gladly accepting volunteers, and sometimes interns as well. :)
What other questions do you have? We're happy to answer them!Call us, e-mail us or connect with us on social media:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 612-524-9570
- Facebook: facebook.com/shopfairanita
- Instagram: @fair.anita
- Twitter: @fair_anita