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Fair Trade policy

Fair Trade Stability of Employment
I work with producers on a long term basis, trying to provide continuous work through the year, providing small loans on a no-interest basis to buy equipment, resources (when in season) and to pay for unforeseen medical and other expenses. 

I currently work with four main producers,  who employ around 20 people. The workshops are independent businesses providing instruments for both the home and international markets.  The workshops are not cooperatives but are led by master sculptors, instrument makers and musicians, as is the Ghanaian way.

Fair Price
Paying a fair price for the goods enables a living wage, training/apprenticeship schemes, decent working conditions, and the buying and repairing of machinery/tools.

Traditionally in Ghana an apprentice pays for their own training but through a fair price strategy the workshop is able to pay everyone a living wage. Two drumming workshops which I use support and run local cultural children’s groups as well as having used the profits from the drum business to set up a local school, a film production unit , furniture workshop, craft alliance group and local food bar.

Sustainable Resources
Traditionally, large foreign logging firms have exported the trees en mass causing deforestation with little financial gain for the Ghanaian economy. In recent years the logging companies have been forced to plank the timber in Ghana before export for use abroad in the furniture and construction industries. Because of political control and bribes from the logging industry to the politicians, it is very hard for Ghanaian crafts people, carvers, furniture and drum makers to get access to their own countries wood.

However, the value to the Ghanaian economy of a tree cut and then hand-made into furniture, crafts, carvings and drums, which provides employment and economic growth for Ghana, is a 100 times more than the value of an uncut tree sold to the logging firms.

Because of this we can not guarantee the source of the wood for the instrument. We do however export through Getrade, a Ghanaian Fair Trade exporter who have taken upon themselves to buy land and plant trees to offset the wood they are exporting.