​4 ways to travel with cultural appreciation

Traveling to different cultures can be an exciting experience. Before leaving for your adventure, it is good to be aware of the culture you will be a part of as a visitor. Here are 4 easy ways to travel with cultural appreciation:Research local customsBefore you are immersed in a new culture, learn about different customs that they may have. For instance in India, do not use your left have when ea…

4 Tips for Traveling Sustainably

One of my goals for 2019 is to be more intentional about how I travel. As Operations Manager at Fair Anita, I fly to New York for several trade shows every year. This year, I’ve had the opportunity to go on not one but two artisan visits, with a third happening in a few weeks. Coming from Minnesota, which is one of the cleanest states in the US, it’s overwhelming to go to cities covered in trash.…

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…

Traveling Ethically through Peru

“Wow, day one of Peru is coming to an end. What a crazy (but fun) day. I’m really loving this whole independent, getting around by myself thing. If you ever need something to make you feel like a capable human being, this is it.”In June I ventured out to Peru all on my own. It was the first time I had traveled to another country (almost) completely solo. The first half of the trip I spent ven…

Mesmerizing Markets: How We DON'T Find Artisan Groups

About two weeks ago, I moved to Santiago, Chile, on a quest to work closely with fair trade artisans and develop some new designs for our Fair Anita customers. This is a stunningly beautiful country; Andes mountains, beautiful beaches, glacial lakes—it's all here! As with any Latin country I've ever been to, there's also the amazing street food, catchy music and celebrations, and those tempting…