Economic inclusion

Economic inclusion is about giving marginalized groups the means to be in control of their own economic life and helping them improve their economic situation while at the same time improve their status.

Rights holders’ economic inclusion is strongly influenced by their access to productive resources and individual assets such as land, home and economic savings. Without this, the rights holder will not have the same possibility to good health or education. Economic inclusion also means a social belonging to the society without discrimination.

We believe that working with fair trade principles is a way to strengthen the rights of marginalized producers and that economic growth should support sustainable production and consumption. We also believe that investing in individuals’ economic inclusion will drive future innovation and sustainable development forward. For us, it is important to invest in women’s economic inclusion since it leads to gender equality and positive side-effects for the whole household.

Together with our partner ecosystem we work for individuals with disabilites to have the possibility to participate in the labour market. We also create savings and loan associations for women to make it possible for them to start businesses and earn an income. All rights holders should have the possibility to change their own situation for the better.

The savings and loan group changed Martha's life.

“Four years ago I joined a savings and loan group. With the money I borrowed, I bought land and built an irrigation system. Now I grow tomatoes, beans, corn and cotton and sell in the market. I have built a house and supported my family.”

Martha Bikey, Malawi