After taking early retirement from foreign language teaching I became a market trader based in Market Harborough in Leicestershire. My market stall stock was all fairly traded and sourced during my travels. In addition I sold 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 had such success selling Koseli goods that I jumped at the chance of buying the Koseli business in 2017.
All the items are handmade to a high standard by small groups of women who are working cooperatively to improve the lives of their families. Following fair trade principles, full payment is made when orders are placed so that the raw materials can be bought. The artisans never have to take a financial risk.
My aim is to maintain sensible profit margins, meaning that I can keep reordering from the suppliers and sustain their business.
My underlying business principle is to be ethical in all my dealings with both producers and customers and to “profit through fairness”.