CARDS - $4.00 EACH
Located on the outskirts of Kigali, Rwanda, Cards from Africa is a bustling atmosphere of skilled paper crafters and creative card makers. Their employees are the heads of their orphaned households, and they use this money to feed and clothe their younger brothers and sisters as well as purchase medicine and provide school tuition when needed.
Cards from Africa is deeply committed to fair-trade principles. They are members of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and the Fair Trade Federation (FTF). For example, their minimum hiring age is 18, in order to protect the educational opportunities of children in Rwanda. They pay above-market wages in the local context and encourage the employees to save. Plus, they make their paper from scrap paper that would otherwise be burned, contributing environmentally sustainability to the local economy.