29 episodes

How do I make a difference in the world? What can I do to help end human trafficking? What are sustainable solutions to ending global poverty? How can I be a part of the solution and not part of the problem?

Whether you are trying to be a conscious consumer or start your dream business or nonprofit to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, we’re here to help.

The FAIR Talks Podcast educates everyday people for extraordinary change. Together, we’ll be diving into fair trade, sustainability, and working effective solutions to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. From combatting human trafficking to what coffee to drink, we are going to cover the ‘who, ‘how, and ‘why’ all the topics about the people behind the products we buy every day. You’ll hear from industry experts, social entrepreneurs, and fellow world changers with experience working on the ground from some of the world’s most difficult places. Be inspired with actionable steps and tips to help you make better daily decisions to create extraordinary change.

Shownotes: https://www.fairtradela.org/podcast
Follow us on social @FairTradeLA

FAIR Talks Podcast Fair Trade LA

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

How do I make a difference in the world? What can I do to help end human trafficking? What are sustainable solutions to ending global poverty? How can I be a part of the solution and not part of the problem?

Whether you are trying to be a conscious consumer or start your dream business or nonprofit to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, we’re here to help.

The FAIR Talks Podcast educates everyday people for extraordinary change. Together, we’ll be diving into fair trade, sustainability, and working effective solutions to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. From combatting human trafficking to what coffee to drink, we are going to cover the ‘who, ‘how, and ‘why’ all the topics about the people behind the products we buy every day. You’ll hear from industry experts, social entrepreneurs, and fellow world changers with experience working on the ground from some of the world’s most difficult places. Be inspired with actionable steps and tips to help you make better daily decisions to create extraordinary change.

Shownotes: https://www.fairtradela.org/podcast
Follow us on social @FairTradeLA

    Making Tea Time Fair Trade: Working with Small-Holder Farmers for Better Tea and a Better World | JusTea

    Making Tea Time Fair Trade: Working with Small-Holder Farmers for Better Tea and a Better World | JusTea

    Calling all tea-lovers! We’ve got a flavor-packed episode for you today. Elisha is joined by Paul Bain, founder and CEO of JusTea, to talk about their fair trade partnerships with small-holder Kenyan tea farmers. Paul describes how they were able to set up tea cottages after working to enact legislative change in Kenya and why they’ve worked with women’s cooperatives right from the start of the business. He also shares a surprising fact about where tea comes from and why purple tea is so rare. Finally, Paul talks about why getting JusTea fair-trade certified was so important to the foundation of their business.
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    • 47 min
    All Treats, No Tricks: Tony’s Chocolonely’s Mission to Transform the Chocolate Industry | Tony’s Chocolonely

    All Treats, No Tricks: Tony’s Chocolonely’s Mission to Transform the Chocolate Industry | Tony’s Chocolonely

    We’ve got a sweet treat for you today! Hear from Abby Noel Davison at Tony’s Chocolonely about the company’s fair trade chocolate journey. She shares with Elisha how storytelling and raising awareness about human rights issues in the chocolate industry is baked into their branding and production decisions. They also talk about how addressing child labor directly and compassionately with producer groups leads to stronger supply chain relationships. Finally, Noel shares some encouraging and systemic changes that have happened in the West African cocoa industry in the last 20 years.
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    • 47 min
    Bringing the Ocean to the Starfish: How to Create a Thriving Enterprise for Survivors | Starfish Project

    Bringing the Ocean to the Starfish: How to Create a Thriving Enterprise for Survivors | Starfish Project

    In this episode, Elisha talks with Jenny McGee about her journey from a small town in Indiana to launching a nonprofit to support survivors of human trafficking in Southeast Asia. She talks about the importance of developing survivor leadership in all areas of their business, not just production, to foster a different future for themselves. Jenny also shares how the Starfish Project builds a culture of trust across cultural differences and emphasizes the need for a team-oriented mindset that prioritizes each person’s gifts over their educational backgrounds.
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    • 43 min
    Keeping the ‘Art’ in Artisan: Elevating Craftsmanship in Fair Trade Products | Matr Boomie

    Keeping the ‘Art’ in Artisan: Elevating Craftsmanship in Fair Trade Products | Matr Boomie

    Welcome back to another season of the Fair Talks podcast! Today’s guest, Manish Gupta, shares his journey from majoring in chemical engineering to co-founding a powerhouse global fair trade brand - Matr Boomie. He tells Elisha about the companies’ commitment to partnering with at-risk communities and how those artisan groups have evolved since working with fair trade. They dissect the importance of quality control, why emphasizing artisan’s artistry matters for high-quality products, and how to bring that same quality into every aspect of a fair trade business. Finally, Manish shares just how transformative self-confidence can be for their artisan partners.
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    • 55 min
    Who Benefits from Fair Trade? A Day in the Life Episode | Impactful Missions

    Who Benefits from Fair Trade? A Day in the Life Episode | Impactful Missions

    Ever wondered what a typical day is like for someone who benefits from a fair trade enterprise? Join Elisha for a special episode with Daniel Sainnatus, a local leader in Haiti working to foster change. He shares how education has impacted what he believes is possible and the lessons he’s learned from starting a business, while also highlighting the ways that fair trade businesses have given him opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be available to him. He describes what an average day in a local village is like and the challenges of finding water, electricity, and other basic needs. Finally, Daniel and Elisha discuss why it’s so important for him to stay in Haiti and bring change to his village.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Investing Forward Using Traditional African Values and Fair Trade Practices | Alaffia

    Investing Forward Using Traditional African Values and Fair Trade Practices | Alaffia

    Enjoy this insightful conversation with Olowo-n’djo Tchala, founder and CEO of Alaffia! He shares with Elisha the process of how he started fair trade cooperatives to support farmers & makers to employ their vast knowledge to create excellent products while protecting the power of collective bargaining. He shares the process of bringing traditional African values and knowledge to fair trade and why it’s important to consider the production structure of our goods, not just the materials. Learn how implementing an ‘investment forward’ strategy creates a more stable community future. Finally, he shares the challenges and opportunities for adapting policies and certification standards shaped by Western belief systems into local community contexts and the impact of adapting key elements of a community-centered model so that more people can gather under the fair trade umbrella.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

SunshineGirl202 ,

Love the heart in this podcast 🩷

So many great conversations will open your eyes to the simple ways you can make a difference with your everyday purchases - and Elisha makes it so enjoyable. Great host with a deep understanding of the topic. I’m always so inspired. Highly recommend.

brizisnowd ,

This podcast is changing the world!

I am such a huge fan of Elisha and the work she is doing on this podcast and with Impactful Market and Impactful Mission! She truly has a heart for long-term, sustainable solutions to ending global poverty and creating dignified job creation to the people and places that need it most! I have really enjoyed listening to the stories told in this podcast and learning about people and companies that are having such a positive impact on the world. Keep up the great work!!

lizzyc1 ,

Great podcast

This is one of my favorite podcasts! The host does a great job and the guests are always interesting. I walk away feeling inspired to build a better world.

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