Fair Trade Provides Safe Drinking Water
We are inspired that Fair Trade is providing life-saving health care services and clean drinking water in some of the poorest and most isolated communities in the world.
The families of the Kasinthula Cane Growers (KCG) sugar cooperative live in one of these remote rural communities. Kasinthula cooperative is in Malawi – one of the poorest nations on the African continent and in the world. Men and women and their families face the hardships of HIV/AIDS, contaminated drinking water, and high infant mortality.
In Malawi, 85% of families live in rural areas and are dependent on agriculture to survive. Sugarcane is one of the top three crops grown for sale by family farmers. The opportunity to sell their sugar crop on Fair Trade terms means better health, not only for farmers’ families and children, but for entire villages.
The Kasinthula cooperative became Fair Trade Certified in 2002 and now its farmer members sell their sugar to com