Fair Trade Empowers Women

Fair Trade Empowers Women

TradeAid Integrated, a long-time CFTC partner in Ghana, has been the driving force behind bringing the fair trade movement to Ghana – and bringing the work of Ghana’s artisans to the rest of the world.

TradeAid mobilized the successful effort to make Bolgatanga, known as the ‘craft capital of northern Ghana’, Africa’s second Fair Trade Town in 2014.

Since then, the Bolgatanga International Crafts and Arts Fair (BICAF) has showcased the talents of the Upper East Region's renowned crafts people including the women basket weavers supported by CFTC and its donors.

TradeAid’s work to link artisans to fair trade markets internationally has resulted in a vibrant network of basketweaving groups throughout the Upper East Region. The vast majority are women who had been living in poverty, and who are now earning, learning and leading their families on a path to a brighter future.

Many of these women will be featuring their work in the fourth annual BICAF, to be held in Bolgatanga from November 30th to December 1st.

We’ll be bringing you some of their stories starting then. In the meantime, learn more about the fair trade movement spearheaded by TradeAid in Ghana and the women who are benefitting from it in this video.