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.
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.
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-- look for an infographic describing cost breakdown, coming soon!
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.
That being said, we hope to work with lots of groups in the future, so if you know of an awesome group, let us know! We'll be sure to check them out.
Good question. We want you to LOVE your product, so if you're not happy with it for any reason, please email us at email@example.com, and we will determine together the best next steps. Thanks!
Our products are available in stores, at pop-ups and at tradeshows all over the Midwest. Check out our events page to check out our products in person.
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. :)