Each year, our good friends at Equal Exchange tally purchases made from The Good Buy along with interfaith sales through Unitarian Universalist congregations and contribute 20 cents for every pound of EE fair-trade product sold to UUSC's Small Farmer Fund. In 2017, the total was $10,809.64. These funds are redistributed to support small farmer groups and cooperatives globally working to advance economic justice. In addition to continuing our support for the Association for Promotion of Ecological and Integral Development (PROECODI) in Guatemala and Cooperativa Caja Rural in Nicaragua that we reported about last year, UUSC has added another partner to receive funding from these seed grants.
Partner: Fundación Entre Mujeres (Foundation Amongst Women). FEM is a women’s NGO and social movement that was founded in 1995 in Estelí, Nicaragua. The organization’s members are feminist women leaders from rural communities. FEM’s mission is to promote the empowerment of rural women through a variety of projects, such as advancing economic independence through land rights and food sovereignty, preventing violence against women, and promoting literacy.
Project: Economic and technical assistance for agroecology projects where rural women will grow basic grains, coffee, Rose of Jamaica, and will engage in beekeeping to support their economic independence.
Want to see firsthand the work of Nicaraguan partners of UUSC and Equal Exchange who are working for justice? Consider traveling on an experiential learning trip with the College of Social Justice.
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