After taking early retirement from foreign language teaching I became a market trader based in Market Harborough in Leicestershire. My market stall items are all fairly traded and sourced during travels in Nepal and Central America, and through friends working in various countries in Africa. In addition I sell stock bought from Fair Trade wholesalers based in this country. After 10 years of trading I feel I know what sorts of goods my customers want; although we can all make mistakes of course!
I have had such success selling Koseli goods, and other items sourced in Nepal, that I jumped at the chance of continuing the Koseli business.
All items are handmade to a high standard by small groups of women who are working cooperatively to improve the lives of their families. Following fairtrade principles, I pay for my orders when I place them so that the women can buy the raw materials. Once they inform me that the goods are ready I pay the shipping costs so that they are never out of pocket.
My aim is to maintain sensible profit margins so that I can keep reordering from the suppliers and so give them plenty of work.
My underlying business principle is to be ethical in all my dealings and to “profit through fairness”.