Business Spotlight: The Silk Road Fair Trade Market
The Silk Road Fair Trade Market gives these artisans the opportunity to make a fair wage. Fair trade means that the artisans are guaranteed fair wages for their work, safe working conditions, and paid overtime. Artisans are paid not just a fair wage, but a living wage. A living wage is the income needed to break the cycle of poverty, and will support a family with food, shelter, safe drinking water, and education.
The products are made from materials such as reclaimed wood, cinnamon bark, recycled silk, telephone wire, or tin. In others, villagers are taught alternate options for income, preventing further destruction of the rainforest and the species that live within.
The Silk Road offers a wide variety of items from all over the world. The products they offer are intricate and beautifully done. What makes each item special is that with every purchase the money is given to the artisans who made them.
Other elements of fair trade include, Peacemaking and community rebuilding, supporting two cooperatives in the U.S. to help the homeless get back on their feet and children’s programs that give an alternative to coal mines & war torn villages. They learn a craft that will support them, spend part of the day in school, and essential for breaking the cycle of poverty.
115 N. Market, #1 New Wilmington, PA 16142
(724) 946-8502 www.silkroadmkt.com