We know how to end poverty around the world. We do not have the political will to do it. We will bring forward the best ideas and policies in an effort to create public support for ending worldwide poverty. What is most exciting is that we can end poverty and greatly reduce global warming at the same time.
We support the goals of the United Nations Poverty-Environment Partnership. It is an informal network of development agencies that aims to address key poverty-environment issues within the framework of international efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, by: (1) sharing knowledge and operational experience; (2) identifying ways and means to improve coordination and collaboration at country and policy levels; and (3) developing and implementing joint activities.
We have also set up an investment account with Kiva to make direct microcredit loans to individuals and small businesses in the developing world. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending organization, empowering individuals and organizations to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. Kiva partners with existing expert microfinance institutions. In doing so, they gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Their partners are experts in choosing qualified entrepreneurs.
Our mission also includes helping low-income craft producers in developing nations market their crafts in the United States. We fulfill this mission by the creation of our Amazon.com Associates eStore linking you to the best Fair Trade food, jewelry, crafts, clothing, and home décor items. When you make a purchase from our store, we receive a commission from Amazon to help us with our operating expenses.
We believe in the principles of the Fair Trade Federations values that include: Trade as a Force for Positive Change, Respectful Partnerships, Community, Sustainable Practices, Fullest Commitment, and Consumer Knowledge.