Between our commitment to fair trade practices and our dedication to our mission and vision we provide opportunities for our discerning and socially conscious clientele to purchase ethically sourced, quality products.
Frequently asked questions
How can you become a WCE maker?
You can reach out any time to our Maker Advisor, Alice Reybitz. Email: Alice@worldcommunityexchange.com or reach out to Rosie. Email Rosie@worldcommunityexchange.com
Is it really free to the people on the maker team?
Yes that's true! None of our independent makers pay a fee to participate on the market.
Is shipping included in the prices?
Yes, shipping is included in our prices. We are still learning all of the international fees though, so please be patient with us. If you have any unexcpected fees on delivery please reach out immediately to Apple - Info@worldcommunityexhange.com or Rosie - Rosie@worldcommunityexchange.com
How do we make money?
Our maker team sets their pricing and it is always honored. We do not charge shipping on top of our prices. What we do is add a mark-up (like any brick/mortar store) to cover all of the expenses involved in providing you with beautiful products. These can include (but are not limited to) estimated shipping costs, marketing, site maintenance, communication, and all of the normal things you would assume go into running a company. Two of these are 1. profit margin and 2. savings for growth to bring you more products and on-board more makers to the team.
6-Piece Marzipan Nativity
Artisans have created this beautiful 6-piece nativity out of marzipan. Marzipan is almond paste, and they used the paste to form these miniature figurines that you see in the nativity. It takes a lot of talent to put such detail into each piece.
- Joseph Measures - 1 7/8" tall x 1 1/4" wide x 7/8" diameter
Handmade in Ecuador and Fair Trade imported.
Camari is a Quechua word meaning "gift"; and true to its name, it is also a fair trade organization that has been a gift for many people of Ecuador. Camari, a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), was founded in 1981 to address the problems inherent in the marketing of small-scale agriculture and the production of handicrafts in the rural and marginalized communities of Ecuador.
Camari helps artisans find access to financial credit, training, and technical assistance; yet from the beginning they have understood that this alone was not a sufficient recipe for success. Without direct access to international and fair trade markets, artisans and farmers are forced to sell to intermediaries at prices that cannot provide the basic necessities of life.
Since their inception, Camari has grown to establish numerous shops in major cities throughout Ecuador, providing access to international markets, and alternative employment to more than 6,500 artisan and farmer families in 18 of Ecuador's 22 provinces.
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