Support over the years has helped women to organise in Associations, take credits and engage in the local trade of surplus vegetables and staples as additional income. Through the formation and capacity building of Co-operatives farmers are now exporting certified Fairtrade and organic coffee and cocoa, and Fairtrade certified cotton.
We are exceptionally proud of the global sales of high quality baskets and craft made by women’s’ organisations and how this is helping women earn independence, status and more income to meet their family’s needs, especially their children.
Our starting point in all the communities is the primary school and school attendance. We work directly with Head Teachers in all the primary schools to monitor food scarcity and hunger, the school’s needs for materials and the progress of children in their care. A percentage of all Fairtrade Social Premiums is covenanted by the cooperatives to their nearest primary schools. All co-operative members sign a No Child Labour Pledge at the start of the year.
When needed we fund raise for extra needs and emergencies from business partners and supporters we run focussed campaigns: see HERE for our current COVID-19 support initiative.
All RSTC Clients can be assured of world-beating levels of traceability and impact information: we know down to the last kilo which farmers contribute to each container we ship and the impact on families.