About OmZappy

  • The word “fair” can mean a lot of different things to different people. Fair trade is about more than just paying a fair wage. It means that trading partnerships are based on reciprocal benefits and mutual respect; that prices paid to producers reflect the work they do; that workers have the right to organize; that national health, safety, and wage laws are enforced; and that products are environmentally sustainable and conserve natural resources.

 

  • At OmZappy, we work directly with artisans to guarantee fair trade standards. Adhere to fair trade criteria including workers’ pay, environmental practices, and good working conditions. When you purchase home decors, clothing, jewelry or crafts from OmZappy, you know you have purchased a unique item representing not only the talent of the artisan–often a woman from a developing country–but also the culture and traditions of the source country.

 

  • Consumers in search of fair trade products have a vast array of products to choose from. Certified fair trade labels and membership in associations like FTF and WFTO help identify fair trade products that are produced according to fair trade standards. Looking beyond the label to the trading relationship, consumers can identify fair trade standards that meet their values.

 

  • Generally, fair traded crafts don’t cost more than other goods because the large percentage taken by middle people is removed from the equation. The cost remains the same as traditionally traded goods; however, more of the sale price goes to producers.

 

  • What is a fair wage?  Producers receive a fair wage when they are paid fairly for their products. This means that workers are paid at least that country’s minimum wage. Since the minimum wage is often not enough for basic survival, whenever feasible, workers are paid a living wage, which enables them to cover basic needs, including food, shelter, education and health care for their families. Paying fair wages does not necessarily mean that products cost the consumer more OmZappy bypass exploitative middle people and work directly with producers.

 

  • How much money (percent of sale price) do the artisans make?  Given the different regions of the world, production circumstances, and Fair Trade intermediaries involved in delivering a product to the consumer, it is difficult to say with certainty. However; what is certain is that fair traders are obliged not to exploit producers and to guarantee that the trading relationship is a true partnership, allowing all to make a fair profit margins.

 

  • OmZappy always played a significant role of increase in income. In some parts of the world, Fair Trade earnings are turned over to the community to improve quality of life. The money may fund a potable water system or provide health education or bring an adult literacy program to the community.

 

  • Why does OmZappy supports cooperative workplaces?  Cooperatives and producer associations provide a healthy alternative to large-scale manufacturing and sweatshop conditions, where unprotected workers earn below minimum wage and most of the profits flow to foreign investors and local elites who have little interest in ensuring the long term health of the communities in which they work.

 

  • OmZappy works primarily with small businesses, worker-owned and democratically run cooperatives and associations which bring significant benefits to workers and their communities. By banding together, workers are able to access credit, reduce raw material costs and establish higher and more just prices for their products.

 

  • Workers earn a greater return on their labor, and profits are distributed more equitably and often reinvested in community projects such as health clinics, child care, education, and literacy training. Workers learn important leadership and organizing skills, enabling self-reliant grassroots-driven development.

 

  • How does OmZappy offer financial support to producers?  Small-scale artisans in the developing world lack access to affordable financing, impeding their profitability. OmZappy buys products directly from producers often provide financial assistance either through direct loans, pre-payment, or by linking producers with sources of financing. Unlike many commercial importers who often wait 60-90 days before paying producers, OmZappy ensure pre-payment so that producers have sufficient funds to cover raw materials and basic needs during production.

 

  • How does OmZappy offer technical support to producers?  OmZappy provides critical technical assistance and support such as market information, organizational development and training in financial management. Unlike conventional importers, OmZappy have established long term relationships with our producers and help them adapt production to changing trends.

 

  • Summary:  Fair trade is a lot of things – breaking down to a social justice movement, an alternative business model, a system of global commerce, a tool for international development, a faith-based activity. It means different things to different people. There is no single, regulatory, authoritative body. So, individuals need to explore various models and concepts. Fair trade’s many definitions do always center around the exchange of goods based on principles of economic and social justice.

 

  • Millions of such trading partnerships are active within a network of producers, importers, wholesalers, certifiers, labelers, retailers, and consumers who are challenging the status quo, and trying to right the injustices of international trade. Artisans and other workers in over 80 countries make scores of fair trade product types.

 

  • For individuals and communities of producers, participating in fair trade has directly led to survival, dignity, respect and improved lives. Participants often credit fair trade for helping them eat adequately, access health care, send kids to school, clean their water, care for orphans or disabled people, and manage sustainable businesses.

 

  • Fair trade empowers millions of low-income producers in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and promotes understanding between them and people of developed regions. The various models of fair trade use critical tools such as favorable financing, long-term relationships, minimum prices, community investment, capacity a building, and sustainable environmental standards to enable marginalized people to help themselves.

 

  • A trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions and securing the rights of disadvantaged producers and workers.