Since the doors opened July 1, 2009, HumanKind Fair Trade has sold the handicrafts and told the stories of artists and farmers from some of the poorest countries in the world to residents and visitors of San Luis Obispo County. The income these artists earn helps them pay for food, education, health care and housing.
“The first few years were definitely a financial struggle,” said Laura Mullen, president of the nonprofit’s Board of Directors. “But we turned a corner as we fine-tuned our product mix, as more people became aware of us as an interesting shopping option, and as the economy in general improved.”
Much of the success comes from the more than 50 local volunteers who help keep the store running on a daily basis. HumanKind also has two employees—Store Manager, LynAnne Weist and Assistant Store Manager, Katie Nakayama.
Please stop by the store at 982 Monterey St. on Saturday July 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the anniversary celebration. Anniversary festivities will include samplings of fair trade treats, and educational and entertainment activities highlighting the work of artisans from the more than 30 countries featured at the store. A percentage of the day’s sales will be donated to Communities of the Earth, a nonprofit that helps create business opportunities for women in Guatemala.
HumanKind Fair Trade is a non-profit retail store that has been open on Monterey Street in downtown San Luis Obispo since 2009. Their mission is to provide vital fair income to artisans in developing countries by selling their fair trade products here in San Luis Obispo. HumanKind regularly showcases their local and international fair trade goods through events such as Art After Dark and their annual Eco Fashion Show. Visit www.humankindslo.org or stop by the store at 982 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo to learn more on upcoming events and to support fair trade in our community.