Fair Trade policy
Fair Trade Stability of Employment
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.
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.
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.